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21    Environment—Coal Seam Gas Mining

Senator Lazarus, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 903—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that the people of Queensland have no legal right to stop mining companies from entering their land to mine coal seam gas (CSG);

    (b)   further notes that rural and regional communities across Queensland are being devastated by the impact of CSG mining, including loss of underground water, contamination of underground and surface water, health impacts, mental health issues, reduced quality of life, reduced land values and other forms of stress, trauma and suffering;

     (c)   acknowledges that the impact of CSG mining and the behaviour of resource companies in harassing, bullying and intimidating landholders is splintering families, dividing communities and creating personal and financial hardship;

    (d)   understands that the people affected by CSG mining have no fair and equitable legal recourse to address their concerns given the significant power imbalance between those affected and the mining companies;

     (e)   calls on the Government to urgently consider the establishment of a Resources Ombudsman and a CSG Mining Commissioner to address the issues being experienced by the people of Queensland and elsewhere across the country affected by CSG mining; and

     (f)   urges the Government to consider undertaking an urgent audit of the human impacts of CSG mining, and to establish support services and other forms of assistance, including medical assistance, for those affected by CSG mining.

Statement by leave : Senator Lazarus, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 13

Senators—

Di Natale

Ludlam

Rhiannon

Simms

Hanson-Young

McKim

Rice

Waters

Lambie

Muir

Siewert (Teller)

Whish-Wilson

Lazarus

 

 

 

NOES, 35

Senators—

Abetz

Fifield

Macdonald

Peris

Bernardi

Gallacher

McAllister

Ruston

Brown

Gallagher

McEwen

Ryan

Bushby (Teller)

Johnston

McGrath

Scullion

Canavan

Ketter

McKenzie

Seselja

Colbeck

Leyonhjelm

McLucas

Smith

Collins

Lindgren

Moore

Wang

Edwards

Lines

Nash

Williams

Fawcett

Ludwig

O’Neill

 

 

 

Question negatived.