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ENVIRONMENT—NATIONAL PARKS—CATTLE GRAZING

Senator Williams, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 223—That the Senate—

 (a) notes, with concern, the decision of the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to assess, under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the decision of the Victorian Government to allow the grazing of cattle in the Alpine National Park; and

 (b) further notes the undisputed evidence that cattle grazing in national parks reduces fuel load and reduces the risk and severity of bushfire.

Statements by leave: Senator Williams and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,34


Senators—
AdamsColbeckHumphriesParry (Teller)
BackCoonanJohnstonRonaldson
BarnettCormannJoyceRyan
BernardiEgglestonKrogerScullion
BirminghamFergusonMacdonaldTroeth
BoyceFieldingMasonTrood
BrandisFifieldMcGauranWilliams
BushbyFisherMinchin
CashHeffernanNash

NOES, 34



Senators—
ArbibFaulknerLundySherry
BilykFeeneyMarshallSiewert
BishopFurnerMcEwen (Teller)Stephens
Brown, BobHanson-YoungMcLucasSterle
Brown, CarolHoggMilneWong
CameronHurleyMooreWortley
CollinsHutchinsO'BrienXenophon
EvansLudlamPolley
FarrellLudwigPratt

The ayes and noes were equal and so the question was negatived.

After 2 pm—