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HEALTH—EFFECTS OF WIND FARMS—PROPOSED ORDER FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Senator Madigan, also on behalf of Senator Back, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 823—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Saturday, 23 June 2012, marked the anniversary of the tabling of the final report by the Community Affairs References Committee, The social and economic impact of rural wind farms,

  (ii) this report made seven recommendations, including recommendations calling for studies on the effects of wind farms on human health,

  (iii) on 7 February 2012, the Senate passed a motion calling on the Government to immediately act on the seven recommendations of the report,

  (iv) 12 months after the tabling of the report, and more than 4 months since the Senate called on the Government to immediately act on the recommendations, the Government has failed to respond to the Senate's call, and

  (v) Mr Lane Crockett, board member of the Clean Energy Council and General Manager of Pacific Hydro, one of the leading wind farm corporations in Australia, has called on the Government to launch a national review into the health effects of all forms of power generation, including wind power; and

 (b) orders that there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Health, no later than noon on Tuesday, 14 August 2012, information detailing the actions being taken by the Government to act on the recommendations calling for studies on the effects of wind farms on human health.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES, 29

Senators—

Abetz

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Heffernan

Humphries

Joyce

Kroger (Teller)

Macdonald

Madigan

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Payne

Ronaldson

Ryan

Sinodinos

Smith

Williams

NOES, 34

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown

Cameron

Carr, Bob

Carr, Kim

Crossin

Di Natale

Evans

Farrell

Faulkner

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Rhiannon

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

Question negatived.