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ADMINISTRATION—PROTECTING NATIONALLY THREATENED SPECIES AND WILDERNESS PLACES—RESPONSIBILITY

Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 920—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the intention of the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to transfer responsibility for protecting our nationally threatened species and wilderness places to state governments by March 2013, and

  (ii) that the Western Australian Premier (Mr Barnett) is ready to sacrifice James Price Point for a gas hub; and

 (b) calls on the Government to retain responsibility for all major decisions on environmentally damaging projects that affect our nationally threatened species and wilderness places.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,11


Senators—
Di NataleMadiganSiewert (Teller)Wright
Hanson-YoungMilneWatersXenophon
LudlamRhiannonWhish-Wilson

NOES, 36



Senators—
BackCashFifieldNash
BernardiColbeckFurnerPayne
BishopConroyGallacherPratt
BoswellCrossinJohnstonRonaldson
BoyceEgglestonKroger (Teller)Smith
BrandisFarrellMarshallStephens
BrownFawcettMcKenzieSterle
Carr, BobFeeneyMcLucasThistlethwaite
Carr, KimFierravanti-WellsMooreThorp

Question negatived.