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ENVIRONMENT—NEW SOUTH WALES—BIOMASS POWER PLANT

Senator Rhiannon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 371—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the operator of the Eden woodchip mill in south east New South Wales, South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd (SEFE), which is owned by Nippon Paper Industries, plans to build a 5MW biomass-fired power station in Eden,

  (ii) the biomass power plant would accelerate the damage done to the New South Wales south east forests by the Eden woodchip mill operations, inevitably using woodchips that have been produced from native forests with heavy subsidies by the New South Wales Government,

  (iii) both SEFE and the local federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Kelly, have been promoting the burning of native timber as an important measure in fighting climate change, falsely claiming that forestry biomass is economic, sustainable and a low carbon energy source, and

  (iv) biomass electricity generation from native forest feed-stocks is no longer eligible for Renewable Energy Certificates, which will threaten the commercial viability of the Eden biomass power plant; and


 (b) calls on the Member for Eden-Monaro and the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) to guarantee that no federal funding will be allocated to subsidise the operations of the proposed Eden biomass power plant.

Statements by leave: Senator Rhiannon, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) and Senator Colbeck, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 9

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Wright

NOES, 37

Senators—

Adams

Bilyk

Birmingham

Boswell

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Cormann

Crossin

Farrell

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Furner

Gallacher

Hogg

Johnston

Kroger (Teller)

Ludwig

Lundy

Macdonald

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen

McKenzie

Moore

Nash

Parry

Payne

Pratt

Singh

Stephens

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Williams

Xenophon

Question negatived.