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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—MALAYSIA—RARE EARTH PROCESSING PLANT

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. 667—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the public protests in Malaysia against the establishment of a rare earth processing plant by the Australian company Lynas Corporation Ltd,

  (ii) the protests are supported by the Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, and

  (iii) the concerns of the protestors include the radioactive by-product that will be produced by the plant and disposed of in Malaysia, the lack of benefit to the local communities particularly given the 12-year tax break granted to the project and the threat from the plant to the local environment, including the Balok River; and

 (b) calls on the Australian Government to report to the Senate by Thursday, 1 March 2012 on what assistance has been provided to Lynas Corporation Ltd and what due diligence has or will be done on Lynas Corporation Ltd.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,11


Senators—
Brown, BobLudlamRhiannonWright
Di NataleMadiganSiewert (Teller)Xenophon
Hanson-YoungMilneWaters

NOES, 25


Senators—
ArbibEdwardsKrogerParry
BackFarrellLundyPolley
BirminghamFawcettMarshallPratt
Brown, CarolFeeneyMcEwen (Teller)Sterle
CameronFifieldMcKenzie
ColbeckFurnerMcLucas
CrossinGallacherMoore

Question negatived.