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ENVIRONMENT—FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 802—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) more than a million people have signed a petition to governments convening at the Rio+20 summit calling on them to end fossil fuel subsidies,

  (ii) the Rudd Government agreed at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh in 2009 to phase-out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that cause wasteful consumption,

  (iii) similar language is being inserted into negotiating text at the Rio conference, and

  (iv) the Government has acknowledged that fossil fuel producers benefit from economy or sector-wide concessions; and

 (b) calls on the Government to explain how providing concessions to fossil fuel producers is consistent with pricing greenhouse gas pollution, efforts to tackle global warming, the G20 agreement, the intent of the Rio+20 negotiating text, and measures to build a clean energy economy.

Statement by leave: The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.


Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,7


Senators—
Di NataleLudlam (Teller)RhiannonWright
Hanson-YoungMilneWhish-Wilson

NOES, 34


Senators—
BackEdwardsMadiganSingh
BilykFeeneyMarshallSmith
BoswellFifieldMcEwenSterle
BoyceFurnerMcKenzieThistlethwaite
BrownGallacherMcLucasThorp
CameronHoggMooreUrquhart
ColbeckHumphriesParryWilliams
CollinsKroger (Teller)Polley
CrossinMacdonaldPratt

Question negatived.