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ENVIRONMENT—WESTERN AUSTRALIA—JAMES PRICE POINT

Senator Siewert, also on behalf of Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 320—That the Senate—

 (a) condemns the heavy-handed tactics of the Western Australian Government which has instructed Western Australian police to forcibly remove locals from the road blockade at James Price Point, arresting elderly women, traditional owners and custodians;

 (b) acknowledges the concern in the Broome community about the regional impact of the Browse development at James Price Point; and

 (c) calls on the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to:

  (i) withdraw his decision to allow clearing to take place as an uncontrolled action before the heritage and environmental assessments have been completed,

  (ii) undertake an environmental assessment of the clearing activity,

  (iii) accept and table a petition of 3 000 local people opposing the development, and

  (iv) undertake immediate consultation with the Broome community.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,9


Senators—
Brown, BobLudlamRhiannonWaters
Di NataleMilneSiewert (Teller)Wright
Hanson-Young

NOES, 34


Senators—
AdamsColbeckMadiganSingh
BackCrossinMarshallStephens
BernardiEdwardsMcEwen (Teller)Sterle
BilykFawcettMcKenzieThistlethwaite
BishopFeeneyMcLucasUrquhart
BoyceFifieldMooreWilliams
Brown, CarolGallacherNashXenophon
CameronKrogerParry
CashLudwigScullion

Question negatived.