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ENVIRONMENT—CONTAINER PORTS—BOTANY BAY

Senator Brown, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 925—That the Senate—

 (a) notes, in relation to plans for expanded container ports in New South Wales, that:

  (i) the proposal by Sydney Ports to develop a third terminal at Botany Bay will have a massive detrimental impact on residents and the environment, including increased container truck traffic, threats to internationally-recognised waterbird habitat, contaminated groundwater and beach erosion, and

  (ii) the Mayors of Newcastle and Wollongong support the development taking place in their respective cities; and

 (b) opposes Sydney Ports' plan to develop a third terminal at Botany Bay.

Question put and negatived. Senators Brown and Nettle, by leave, recorded their votes for the ayes.