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ENVIRONMENT—WESTERN AUSTRALIA—GAS MINING IN THE KIMBERLEY

Senator Boswell, also on behalf of Senators Scullion, Cash, Cormann, Eggleston, Back, Adams and Johnston, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 489—That the Senate—

 (a) calls on the Australian Greens and green groups, including the World Wildlife Foundation, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Conservation Council of Western Australia and the Wilderness Society, to honour the promise they made in 2007 with the traditional land owners of the Kimberley to respect the decision of the Indigenous community in its response to Woodside Gas's proposal to process gas at James Price Point in the Kimberley;

 (b) recognises the right of the traditional land owners of the Kimberley to use that land to create economic prosperity and employment opportunities for the Indigenous people of that region for generations to come; and

 (c) expresses concern that Indigenous people who have exercised this self-determination and accepted a single hub at James Price Point have been victimised, unfairly pressured by some green and conservation groups and subjected to racial vilification through being referred to as `toxic coconuts' in publicly distributed material.

Senator Siewert, by leave, moved the following amendment:

 Omit all words after "That the Senate", substitute:

 (a) recognises the right of all traditional land owners of the Kimberley to free, prior and informed consent, on any project affecting their lands and to use that land to create economic prosperity and employment opportunities for the Aboriginal people of that region for generations to come; and

 (b) expresses concern about the divisive nature of the debate in the Kimberley and the pressure on Kimberley families, subsequent to Western Australian Premier the Honourable Colin Barnett's threat to compulsorily acquire land at James Price Point.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,9


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

NOES, 44



Senators—
BernardiCormannJohnstonNash
BilykEdwardsJoyceParry
BirminghamFarrellKrogerPolley
BoswellFaulknerLudwigPratt
BoyceFawcettLundyScullion
BrandisFeeneyMadiganSingh
Brown, CarolFifieldMarshallStephens
CameronFisherMcEwen (Teller)Sterle
CashFurnerMcKenzieThistlethwaite
ColbeckGallacherMcLucasUrquhart
CollinsHeffernanMooreWilliams

Question negatived.

Main question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,30


Senators—
AbetzColbeckHumphriesNash
BernardiCormannJohnstonParry
BirminghamEdwardsJoycePayne
BoswellEgglestonKroger (Teller)Scullion
BoyceFawcettMacdonaldSinodinos
BrandisFifieldMadiganWilliams
BushbyFisherMason
CashHeffernanMcKenzie

NOES, 35


Senators—
ArbibFaulknerMarshallSiewert
BilykFeeneyMcEwen (Teller)Singh
BishopFurnerMcLucasStephens
Brown, BobGallacherMilneSterle
Brown, CarolHanson-YoungMooreThistlethwaite
CameronHoggPolleyUrquhart
CollinsLudlamPrattWaters
Di NataleLudwigRhiannonWright
FarrellLundySherry

Question negatived.

Statement by leave: The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Leave refused: Senator Siewert sought leave to make a statement relating to the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Leave refused: Senator Boswell sought leave to make a statement relating to the motion.

An objection was raised and leave was not granted.