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ENVIRONMENT—WESTERN AUSTRALIA—JAMES PRICE POINT—BILBY HABITAT

Senator Ludlam, by leave, moved general business notice of motion no. 217—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) Main Roads Western Australia has submitted a proposal to build a road to James Price Point through pristine Kimberley bushland which is prime habitat for the bilby, acknowledged as a vulnerable species by both the Western Australian Government and the Federal Government,

  (ii) that building a road through this area would directly destroy the habitat as well as threatening the species by opening up its habitat to predators such as dogs and feral cats,

  (iii) the construction of a major road through this area may contravene the Australian Government's own National Recovery Plan for the greater bilby,

  (iv) the status of the greater bilby in large parts of Western Australia is unclear, as identified in the National Recovery Plan, and

  (v) that the decision to locate a gas hub or other heavy industry at James Price Point is still being considered under the Federal Government's environmental assessment process and this proposal presupposes the outcome of that process; and

 (b) calls for:

  (i) the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to take careful note of the information provided through the environment protection and biodiversity conservation process and examine the proposal in light of its impact on the endangered bilby, and

  (ii) investment in more scientific research into the status and habitat of the bilby.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 35

Senators—

Arbib

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Collins

Conroy

Crossin


Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Forshaw

Furner

Hanson-Young

Hurley

Hutchins

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

O'Brien

Polley

Pratt

Sherry

Siewert

Stephens

Sterle

Wong

Wortley

Xenophon

NOES, 35

Senators—

Abetz

Adams (Teller)

Back

Barnett

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Coonan

Cormann

Eggleston

Ferguson

Fielding

Fifield

Fisher

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger

Macdonald

Mason

McGauran

Minchin

Nash

Parry

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Troeth

Trood

Williams

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