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ENVIRONMENT—COAL SEAM GAS PROJECTS

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 72—That the Senate—

 (a) opposes the Santos and British Gas coal seam gas projects approved by the Government;

 (b) calls on the Government to ensure full compensation to farmers and other existing businesses which lose productivity due to these projects; and

 (c) requests the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities to table on or by 16 November 2010 all papers, reports, advice, findings or other documents relating to the Government's assessments of those projects.

Senator Colbeck, by leave, moved the following amendment:

 Omit paragraphs (a) and (b).

Statement by leave: Senator Colbeck, by leave, made a statement relating to the matter.

The question for the amendment was divided—

Statements by leave: Senator Macdonald and the Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce), by leave, made statements relating to the matter.

Question—That paragraph (a) be omitted—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,59


Senators—
AbetzCarrFurnerParry
AdamsCashHoggPayne
ArbibColbeckHurleyPratt
BackCollinsHutchinsRonaldson
BarnettConroyJohnstonRyan
BernardiCoonanJoyceScullion
BilykCormannKrogerSherry
BirminghamCrossinLudwigStephens
BishopFarrellMacdonaldSterle
BoswellFaulknerMarshallTroeth
BoyceFeeneyMcEwen (Teller)Trood
BrandisFieldingMcGauranWilliams
Brown, CarolFierravanti-WellsMcLucasWortley
BushbyFifieldMooreXenophon
CameronForshawNash

NOES, 5


Senators—
Brown, BobLudlamMilneSiewert (Teller)
Hanson-Young

Question agreed to.

Leave refused: Senator Bob Brown sought leave to amend the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Statements by leave: Senators Williams, Colbeck, Bob Brown and Xenophon, by leave, made statements relating to the matter.


Statement by President: The President made a statement relating to the procedures for formal motions.

Question—That paragraph (b) be omitted—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,57


Senators—
AbetzCashHurleyPayne
AdamsColbeckHutchinsPratt
ArbibCollinsJohnstonRonaldson
BackConroyJoyceRyan
BarnettCoonanKrogerScullion
BernardiCormannLudwigSherry
BirminghamCrossinMacdonaldStephens
BishopFarrellMarshallSterle
BoswellFaulknerMasonTroeth
BoyceFeeneyMcEwenTrood
BrandisFierravanti-WellsMcGauranWilliams
Brown, CarolFifieldMcLucasWortley
BushbyForshawMoore
CameronFurnerNash
CarrHoggParry (Teller)

NOES, 7


Senators—
Brown, BobHanson-YoungMilneXenophon
FieldingLudlamSiewert (Teller)

Question agreed to.

Senator Bob Brown, by leave, amended the motion to read as follows:

 That the Senate requests the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities to table on or by 16 November 2010 all papers, reports, advice, findings or other documents relating to the Government's assessments of the Santos and British Gas coal seam gas projects.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.