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NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT BILL 2010

Order of the day read for the further consideration of the bill in committee of the whole.

In the committee

Consideration resumed of the bill.

Explanatory memorandum: The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research (Senator Evans) tabled a supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to the government amendments to be moved to the bill.


Bill further debated.

Document: Senator Evans tabled the following document:

 National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010—Joint convention on the safety of spent fuel management and on the safety of radioactive waste management—National report of the Commonwealth of Australia, dated 14 October 2011.

Bill further debated.

Senator Ludlam moved the following amendment:

 Clause 3, page 2 (lines 4 to 12), omit the clause, substitute:

  

3 Objects of Act

   The objects of this Act are:

 (a) to provide for the selection of a site for a radioactive waste management facility on voluntarily nominated land in Australia; and

 (b) to ensure that the site selected is the most suitable site on the Australian continent for radioactive waste storage and management taking into account environmental considerations, geology, geography, hydrology, seismology, infrastructure and cultural heritage values; and

 (c) to provide for the establishment and operation of such a facility on the selected site; and

 (d) to ensure that parties with waste management responsibility take appropriate steps to ensure that, at all stages of radioactive waste management, individuals, society and the environment are adequately protected against radiological and other hazards;

   so that radioactive waste generated, possessed or controlled by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth entity is safely and securely managed.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES, 10

Senators—

Brown, Bob

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Madigan

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Wright

Xenophon


NOES, 46

Senators—

Abetz

Arbib

Back

Bilyk

Birmingham

Bishop

Brown, C (Teller)

Bushby

Carr

Cash

Collins

Cormann

Crossin

Edwards

Evans

Farrell

Fawcett

Feeney

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Furner

Gallacher

Hogg

Johnston

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

Mason

McEwen

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Parry

Payne

Pratt

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Singh

Sinodinos

Stephens

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Williams

Wong

Question negatived.

At 2 pm: The President resumed the chair and the Chair of Committees (Senator Parry) reported progress.