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16    Environment and Communications References Committee—Reference

Senator McEwen, at the request of the Chair of the Environment and Communications References Committee (Senator Urquhart) and Senator Brown and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2—That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 April 2016:

The environmental, social and economic impacts of large-capacity fishing vessels commonly known as ‘supertrawlers’ operating in Australia’s marine jurisdiction, with particular reference to:

    (a)   the effect of large fishing vessels on the marine ecosystem, including:

                  (i)   impacts on fish stocks and the marine food chain, and

                 (ii)   bycatch and interactions with protected marine species;

    (b)   current research and scientific knowledge;

     (c)   social and economic impacts, including effects on other commercial fishing activities and recreational fishing;

    (d)   the effectiveness of the current regulatory framework and compliance arrangements; and

     (e)   any other related matters.

Statement by leave : The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture (Senator Colbeck), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 35

Senators—

Brown

Gallagher

McEwen (Teller)

Siewert

Bullock

Hanson-Young

McKim

Singh

Cameron

Ketter

McLucas

Sterle

Carr

Lambie

Moore

Urquhart

Collins

Lazarus

Muir

Wang

Conroy

Lines

O’Neill

Waters

Dastyari

Ludlam

Peris

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

Ludwig

Rhiannon

Xenophon

Gallacher

McAllister

Rice

 

 

 

NOES, 28

Senators—

Back

Edwards

Lindgren

Ronaldson

Bernardi

Fawcett

Macdonald

Ruston

Brandis

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath

Ryan

Bushby (Teller)

Fifield

McKenzie

Seselja

Canavan

Heffernan

Nash

Sinodinos

Cash

Johnston

Payne

Smith

Colbeck

Leyonhjelm

Reynolds

Williams

 

 

Question agreed to.