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ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—PROPOSED REFERENCE

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1—That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 12 October 2011:

The social, environmental, health, economic and legal impacts of coal seam gas mines, with particular reference to:

 (a) adverse health effects associated with coal seam gas mines;

 (b) impact of coal seam gas mines on property values;

 (c) food security and the viability of farms with coal seam gas mines;

 (d) contamination of underground water sources and soil;

 (e) the legal rights of property owners versus gas companies; and

 (f) any other relevant matters.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 6

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Siewert (Teller)

Xenophon


NOES, 33

Senators—

Abetz

Bilyk

Birmingham

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Crossin

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Ferguson

Fielding

Fifield

Forshaw

Humphries

Hurley

Hutchins

Kroger

Ludwig

Macdonald

Marshall

McEwen

McLucas

Moore

O'Brien

Parry (Teller)

Polley

Pratt

Sterle

Troeth

Wortley

Question negatived.

Statements by leave: Senator Bob Brown, the Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce), the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) and Senators Williams and Heffernan, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.