Fuel and Energy

Fuel and Energy


Select Committee on Fuel and Energy

1 July 2010 to 30 August 2010

Method of appointment

Pursuant to resolution agreed to by the Senate on 25 June 2008.


Current members


Date of appointment

Senator Mathias Cormann (WA, LP)

(elected Chair on 26.06.08)

26.06.08

Senator Steve Hutchins (NSW, ALP)

(elected Deputy Chair on 26.06.08)

26.06.08

Senator David Bushby (TAS, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Mitch Fifield (VIC, LP)

12.11.08

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald (QLD, LP)

18.03.10

Senator Anne McEwen (SA, ALP)

26.06.08


Participating members


Date of appointment

Senator the Hon Eric Abetz (TAS, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Judith Adams (WA, LP) 

26.06.08

Senator Chris Back (WA, LP)

12.03.09

Senator Guy Barnett (TAS, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Cory Bernardi (SA, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Catryna Bilyk (TAS, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator Simon Birmingham (SA, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Mark Bishop (WA, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator the Hon Ronald Boswell (QLD, NATS)

26.06.08

Senator Sue Boyce (QLD, LP)

26.06.08

Senator the Hon George Brandis (QLD, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Carol Brown (TAS, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator Doug Cameron (NSW, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator Michaelia Cash (WA, LP)

01.07.08

Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck (TAS, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Jacinta Collins (VIC, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator the Hon Helen Coonan (NSW, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Trish Crossin (NT, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator Alan Eggleston (WA, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Don Farrell (SA, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator David Feeney (VIC, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator the Hon Alan Ferguson (SA, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Steve Fielding (VIC, FFP)

11.11.08

Senator Mary Jo Fisher (SA, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Michael Forshaw (NSW, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator Mark Furner (QLD, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator the Hon Bill Heffernan (NSW, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Gary Humphries (ACT, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Annette Hurley (SA, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator the Hon David Johnston (WA, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Barnaby Joyce (QLD, NATS)

18.03.10

Senator Helen Kroger (VIC, LP)

01.07.08

Senator Kate Lundy (ACT, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald (QLD, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Gavin Marshall (VIC, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator the Hon Brett Mason (QLD, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Julian McGauran (VIC, LP)

26.06.08

Senator the Hon Jan McLucas (QLD, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator Christine Milne (TAS, AG)

26.06.08

Senator the Hon Nicholas Minchin (SA, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Claire Moore (QLD, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator Fiona Nash (NSW, NATS)

26.06.08

Senator Kerry O'Brien (TAS, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator Stephen Parry (TAS, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Marise Payne (NSW, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Helen Polley (TAS, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator Louise Pratt (WA, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson (VIC, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Scott Ryan (VIC, LP)

01.07.08

Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion (NT, CLP)

26.06.08

Senator the Hon Ursula Stephens (NSW, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator Glenn Sterle (WA, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator the Hon Judith Troeth (VIC, LP)

26.06.08

Senator Russell Trood (QLD, LP)

26.06.08

Senator John Williams (NSW, NATS)

01.07.08

Senator Dana Wortley (SA, ALP)

01.07.08

Senator Nick Xenophon (SA, IND)

01.07.08

Former members


Term of appointment

Senator Steve Fielding (VIC, FFP)

26.06.08–11.11.08

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells (NSW, LP)

26.06.08–12.11.08

Senator Barnaby Joyce (QLD, NATS)

26.06.08–18.03.10

Former participating members


Term of appointment

Senator Mark Arbib (NSW, ALP)

01.07.08–10.03.09

Senator the Hon Christopher Ellison (WA, LP)

26.06.08–30.01.09

Senator Mitch Fifield (VIC, LP)

26.06.08–12.11.08

Senator John Hogg (QLD, ALP)

01.07.08–26.08.08


Inquiries

As at 1 July 2010

(a) The impact of higher fuel and energy prices on:

                            (i)    families

                            (ii)   small business

                            (iii) rural and regional Australia

                            (iv)  grocery prices, and

(v)      key industries, including but not limited to tourism and transport;

(b)          the role and activities of the Petrol Commissioner, including whether the Petrol Commissioner reduces the price of petroleum;

(c)          the operation of the domestic energy markets, and petroleum, diesel and gas markets, including the fostering of maximum competition and provision of consumer information;

(d)          the impact of an emissions trading scheme on the fuel and energy industry, including but not limited to:

(i)                prices,

(ii)             employment in the fuel and energy industries, and any related adverse impacts on regional centres reliant on these industries,

(iii)           domestic energy supply, and

(iv)           future investment in fuel and energy infrastructure;

(e)          the existing set of federal and state government regulatory powers as they relate to fuel and energy products;

(f)           taxation arrangements on fuel and energy products including:

(i)                Commonwealth excise,

(ii)             the goods and services tax, and

(iii)           new state and federal taxes;

(g)          the role of alternative sources of energy to coal and alternative fuels to petroleum and diesel, including but not limited to: LPG, LNG, CNG, gas to liquids, coal to liquids, electricity and bio-fuels such as, but not limited to, ethanol;

(h)          domestic energy supply and the domestic oil/gas exploration and refinement industry, with particular reference to:

(i)                the impact of Commonwealth, state and local government regulations on these industries,

(ii)             increasing domestic oil/gas exploration and refinement activities, with a view to reducing Australia’s reliance on imported oil, and

(iii)           other tax incentives; and

(iv)           securing Australia's future domestic energy supply;

(i)      the impact of higher petroleum, diesel and gas prices on public transport systems, including the adequacy of public transport infrastructure and record of public transport investment by state governments.

(j)      any related matters.


Current inquiries

As at 30 August 2010

New references

1 July 2010–30 August 2010

Public hearings

1 July 2010–30 August 2010

Reports tabled

1 July 2010–30 August 2010

Government responses

1 July 2010–30 August 2010

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