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ENVIRONMENT—TASMANIAN FORESTS INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT

Senator Milne, also on behalf of the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 521—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) clauses 25 and 27 of the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Tasmania (IGA), signed by Prime Minister Gillard, and

  (ii) that current logging and proposed logging in the 430 000 hectares of high conservation forests proposed for protection breaches these clauses of the IGA; and

 (b) calls on the Government to immediately honour the IGA.

Senator Colbeck, by leave, moved the following amendment:

 Paragraph (b), omit "honour", substitute "abandon".

Statements by leave: The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) and Senators Milne and Colbeck, by leave, made statements relating to the matter.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,30


Senators—
AdamsColbeckHumphriesParry
BackCormannJohnstonPayne
BernardiEdwardsJoyceRonaldson
BirminghamEgglestonKroger (Teller)Scullion
BoswellFawcettMacdonaldSinodinos
BoyceFifieldMadiganWilliams
BushbyFisherMason
CashHeffernanMcKenzie

NOES, 35


Senators—
ArbibDi NataleLundySiewert
BilykFarrellMarshallSingh
BishopFaulknerMcEwen (Teller)Stephens
Brown, BobFeeneyMcLucasSterle
Brown, CarolGallacherMilneThistlethwaite
CameronHanson-YoungMooreUrquhart
CollinsHoggPolleyWaters
ConroyLudlamPrattWright
CrossinLudwigRhiannon

Question negatived.

Main question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,9


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

NOES, 40



Senators—
AdamsColbeckKroger (Teller)Parry
BackCollinsLudwigPayne
BernardiCormannLundyPolley
BirminghamCrossinMacdonaldPratt
BishopEdwardsMadiganSingh
BoswellEgglestonMarshallSinodinos
BoyceFarrellMcEwenStephens
Brown, CarolFaulknerMcKenzieThistlethwaite
CameronFawcettMcLucasUrquhart
CashFifieldMooreWilliams

Question negatived.