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ECONOMICS—QUEENSLAND

Senator Macdonald, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 380—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) north Queensland's significant economic growth has been recorded in the recent quarterly development status report released by Townsville Enterprise Pty Ltd,

  (ii) the report, which covered the 3-month period to 30 June 2011, showed that, despite setbacks caused by Cyclone Yasi, approximately $53 billion worth of development projects are currently underway or awaiting approval, and

  (iii) current projects include the $385 million redevelopment of Lavarack Barracks in Townsville in preparation for the arrival of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment; and

 (b) congratulates Townsville Enterprise Pty Ltd on its pivotal role in encouraging and facilitating continued investment in north Queensland.

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), by leave, moved the following amendment:

 Omit paragraph (b), substitute:

 (b) congratulates Townsville Enterprise Pty Ltd on its role in reducing housing supply pressures in Townsville through the redevelopment of the Lavarack Barracks and notes that the redevelopment was partially funded by the Labor Government in the 2011-12 Federal Budget.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 34

Senators—

Arbib

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Di Natale

Farrell

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Waters

Wright


NOES, 30

Senators—

Abetz

Adams

Back

Bernardi

Boswell

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Edwards

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger (Teller)

Macdonald

Madigan

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Payne

Ronaldson

Ryan

Williams

Xenophon

Question agreed to.

Senator Macdonald, by leave, moved the following amendment:

 Omit paragraph (b).

Ruling of President: The President ruled that the proposed amendment was contrary to standing order 92 and was therefore not in order.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.

Senator Macdonald sought leave to make a statement relating to the motion.

The President 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 and in particular, statements being made by leave which may lead to de facto debate.

Statements by leave: Senators Macdonald and Bob Brown, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.