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Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Page: 8432


Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (16:10): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes Bight Petroleum's referral of a proposed action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) (Reference number: 2012/9583) dated 15 October 2012, which sets out the company's intention to undertake seismic testing over a 3 000 sq km area to the west of Kangaroo Island between January and May 2013;

(b) recognises the ecological, economic and social importance of the Kangaroo Island canyons and pool, first and foremost for the Kangaroo Island community, but also for South Australia as a whole; and

(c) calls on the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to use his powers under the Act to reject Bight Petroleum's referral as clearly unacceptable.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that notice of motion No. 988 standing in the name of Senator Wright be agreed to.