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ENVIRONMENT—CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAMS—GOVERNMENT POLICY—CENSURE

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), by leave, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) censures the Government for its gross and systematic failure in the delivery of its climate change programs, including home insulation, green loans, solar rebate, renewable remote power generation program and the renewable energy target; and


 (b) calls on the Government to put in place a unified ministry and Department of Climate Change and Energy.

Debate ensued.

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Senator Birmingham moved the following amendment:

 Omit paragraph (b).

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 31

Senators—

Abetz

Adams

Back

Barnett

Bernardi

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Coonan

Ferguson

Fielding

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Mason

McGauran

Nash

Parry

Payne

Ronaldson

Scullion

Troeth

Trood

Williams (Teller)

NOES, 31

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Evans

Farrell

Feeney

Forshaw

Hanson-Young

Hurley

Hutchins

Ludlam

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen

McLucas

Milne

Moore

O'Brien (Teller)

Polley

Pratt

Siewert

Stephens

Sterle

Wong

Wortley

Xenophon

The ayes and noes were equal.

Statement by President: The Acting Deputy President (Senator Barnett) made the following statement:

 In keeping with precedents of the Senate, a self-contained provision that lacks majority support is not carried. Therefore paragraph (b) is omitted from the proposed resolution for lack of majority support.

Main question, as amended, put.


The Senate divided—

AYES, 36

Senators—

Abetz

Adams

Back

Barnett

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boyce

Brandis

Brown, Bob

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Coonan

Fielding

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Hanson-Young

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Ludlam

Mason

McGauran

Milne

Nash

Parry

Payne

Ronaldson

Scullion

Siewert

Troeth

Trood

Williams (Teller)

Xenophon

NOES, 25

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Evans

Farrell

Feeney

Forshaw

Hurley

Hutchins

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen

McLucas

Moore

O'Brien (Teller)

Polley

Pratt

Stephens

Sterle

Wong

Wortley

Question agreed to.

Senator Bob Brown, pursuant to standing order 154, moved—That the resolution censuring the Government be communicated by message to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

Question put and passed.