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HEALTH—EFFECTS OF WIND FARMS

Senator Madigan, also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 616—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that on 23 June 2011 the Community Affairs References Committee tabled its final report, Social and economic impact of rural wind farms containing seven recommendations, including recommendations calling for studies on the effects of wind farms on human health; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) immediately act on the committee's recommendations in the report, and

  (ii) support a moratorium on the construction of further wind turbines until the recommendations have been satisfactorily addressed.

Senator Birmingham, by leave, moved the following amendment:

 Omit subparagraph (b)(ii).

Statements by leave: Senators Birmingham, Madigan and Xenophon, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 36

Senators—

Abetz

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Brown, Bob

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Di Natale

Edwards

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Hanson-Young

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Kroger

Ludlam

Macdonald

Mason

McKenzie

Milne

Parry

Payne

Rhiannon

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Siewert

Sinodinos

Waters

Williams (Teller)

Wright


NOES, 27

Senators—

Bishop

Brown, C (Teller)

Cameron

Carr

Collins

Crossin

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hogg

Ludwig

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen

McLucas

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Sherry

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Xenophon

Question agreed to.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.