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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. 352—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) sightings of one adult and three baby bilbies at the site of the proposed James Price Point gas hub, Western Australia, in the week beginning 7 August 2011,

  (ii) that the pristine Kimberley bushland is prime habitat for the bilby, acknowledged as a vulnerable species by both the Western Australian Government and the Federal Government,

  (iii) the need to verify these sightings and establish the significance of the bilby population at James Price Point,

  (iv) that the land clearing that has already been undertaken by Woodside Petroleum at this site is considered an uncontrolled action,

  (v) that uncontrolled clearing through this area may contravene the Government's own bilby recovery plan, and

  (vi) 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 strategic assessment process and is yet to be assessed; and

 (b) calls for:

  (i) an immediate halt to all land clearing at the James Price Point gas hub site until the nature and extent of the bilby colony has been established, and

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

   (A) consider this new evidence of bilby colonies at the clearing site,

   (B) commission further independent studies into the status and habitat of the bilby population in this area,

   (C) take careful note of the information provided through the environment protection and biodiversity conservation process, and

   (D) examine the gas hub proposal in light of its impact on the bilby.

Statements by leave: Senators McEwen, Cormann and Siewert, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

The Deputy President (Senator Parry) reminded senators of the Procedure Committee's second report of 2011 and its consideration of standing order 66 relating to procedures for dealing with formal motions.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES, 10

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Wright

Xenophon

NOES, 40

Senators—

Abetz

Bilyk

Bishop

Boswell

Brown, Carol

Bushby

Cameron

Colbeck

Conroy

Cormann

Crossin

Edwards

Eggleston

Faulkner

Fawcett

Feeney

Fifield

Fisher

Furner

Gallacher

Kroger

Ludwig

Lundy

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Ryan

Scullion

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.