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ENVIRONMENT—CORAL SEA

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), also on behalf of Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 533—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the unique biodiversity and natural heritage of the Coral Sea that is home to the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle and endangered green turtle;

 (b) recognises that 2012 will be the 70th anniversary of the historically important Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942 that changed the face of World War II; and

 (c) calls on the Government to declare the Coral Sea the world's largest marine national park.

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

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,9


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

NOES, 41


Senators—
AbetzCormannJoyceParry
AdamsCrossinKroger (Teller)Polley
BernardiEdwardsLudwigPratt
BilykEgglestonLundyScullion
BishopFarrellMadiganSingh
BoswellFawcettMarshallSterle
BoyceFeeneyMcEwenThistlethwaite
BushbyFierravanti-WellsMcKenzieUrquhart
CameronFisherMcLucas
CashFurnerMoore
ColbeckGallacherNash

Question negatived.