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Monday, 17 September 2012
Page: 7049


Senator WATERS (Queensland) (15:39): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the intention of the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to transfer responsibility for protecting our nationally threatened species and wilderness places to state governments by March 2013, and

(ii) that the Tasmanian Premier (Ms Giddings) is ready to sacrifice the Tarkine wilderness for mining and development; and

(b) calls on the Government to retain responsibility for all major decisions on environmentally damaging projects that affect our nationally threatened species and wilderness places.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Waters be agreed to.