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ENVIRONMENT—BISMARCK SEA—PROPOSED MINING

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. 249—That the Senate—

 (a) recognises that the Solwara 1 Project in the Bismarck Sea off Papua New Guinea plans to mine copper and gold at a depth of 1 600 metres and is the world's first deep seabed mining project;

 (b) acknowledges that full-scale undersea excavation of mineral deposits globally has potential to remove parts of the sea floor and damage the ocean's health as a result of leakage, spills and damage caused by increased toxicity and sediment from tailings; and

 (c) calls on the Government to establish an inquiry, to report by 1 October 2011, into seabed mining to assess:

  (i) the level of interest in seabed mining in Australian waters and in waters in the region neighbouring Australia,

  (ii) the potential impact on the marine environment and resources if this industry develops, and

  (iii) the need for regulation or a regional agreement to manage and reduce the potential for this industry to impact on marine productivity.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,6


Senators—
Brown, BobLudlamSiewert (Teller)Xenophon
Hanson-YoungMilne

NOES, 39



Senators—
ArbibCashFifieldMcLucas
BarnettColbeckForshawMoore
BernardiCormannFurnerO'Brien
BilykCrossinHumphriesParry
BirminghamEgglestonHurleyPayne
BoswellFarrellHutchinsPratt
Brown, CarolFaulknerLudwigStephens
BushbyFeeneyLundySterle
CameronFergusonMcEwenWilliams (Teller)
CarrFieldingMcGauran

Question negatived.