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ENVIRONMENT—COAL SEAM GAS DEVELOPMENT

Senator Waters amended general business notice of motion no. 546 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate notes:

 (a) that no coal seam gas development should proceed where it poses a significant impact on the quality of groundwater or surface water systems; and

 (b) it must be absolutely clear that no coal seam gas development should occur unless it is proven safe for the environment.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 9

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Wright

NOES, 37

Senators—

Abetz

Adams

Bernardi

Bilyk

Bishop

Boyce

Brown, Carol

Bushby

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Crossin

Edwards

Eggleston

Farrell

Fawcett

Feeney

Fisher

Furner

Gallacher

Humphries

Kroger (Teller)

Ludwig

Lundy

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen

McLucas

Moore

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Singh

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Question negatived.