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Wednesday, 16 March 2005
Page: 99


Senator NETTLE (3:45 PM) —by leave—I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes:

(i)   the potentially significant negative economic, social and environmental impacts of the proposed Nam Theun 2 Dam project in Laos,

(ii)   the inadequacy of consultation with communities affected by the dam,

(iii)   that the dam will flood approximately 40 per cent of the Nakai Plateau, home to hundreds of bird species and the Asian elephant,

(iv)   that as many as 150 000 people whose livelihood relies on the Xe Bang Fai river may be affected, and

(v)   that the World Bank Board of Executive Directors is currently deciding whether to support the dam; and

(b)   calls on the Government to urge the World Bank to closely scrutinise the proposed mitigation and compensation programs and take into account the potentially significant negative economic, social and environmental impacts of the Nam Theun 2 Dam before deciding on whether it merits support.

Question agreed to.