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ENVIRONMENT—MURRAY DARLING BASIN

Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 855—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the position statement on the Murray Darling Basin (MDB) draft plan launched by South Australian environmental groups, including the Conservation Council of South Australia, The Wilderness Society, Trees for Life, National Trust of South Australia, National Parks and Wildlife, Nature Conservation Society of South Australia and Friends of the Earth Adelaide, on 27 July 2012;

 (b) notes that these groups identify that 4 000 GL must be returned to the river in accordance with the best available science to provide for healthy MDB communities and economies; and


 (c) calls on the Government to instruct the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to model at least 4 000 GL against the requirements of the Water Act 2007 and undertake feasibility studies on constraints to delivering 4 000 GL as requested by the South Australian environmental groups.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 10

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

Xenophon

NOES, 37

Senators—

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Bishop

Boyce

Brown

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Hogg

Kroger (Teller)

Ludwig

Lundy

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen

Moore

Nash

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Ryan

Singh

Smith

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.