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ENVIRONMENT—COAL SEAM GAS MINING

Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 733—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that in the past 6 months since the Greens motion for a moratorium on coal seam gas mining was first defeated in the Senate, the urgent concerns of farmers, landholders and regional communities regarding the risks posed by the runaway coal seam gas industry have not been addressed;

 (b) notes that the recent Senate inquiry into the impacts of coal seam gas mining in the Murray Darling Basin heard compelling evidence that regional communities are suffering many negative impacts from the operations of coal seam gas mining companies; and

 (c) calls on the Government to implement an immediate moratorium on any new coal seam gas approvals until the long-term impacts of the industry on groundwater, agriculture, rural communities, threatened species, the climate and the Great Barrier Reef are known.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,11


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

NOES, 23


Senators—
CameronGallacherMooreSingh
Carr, KimJoyceNashSinodinos
CrossinLundyParryStephens
EdwardsMarshallPayneSterle
FeeneyMcEwen (Teller)PolleyThistlethwaite
FifieldMcKenzieSherry

Question negatived.