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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. 927—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 Victorian Premier (Mr Baillieu) is ready to sacrifice the endangered Leadbeater's Possum for logging and development; 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, 10

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Madigan

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

NOES, 36

Senators—

Back

Bernardi

Bilyk

Bishop

Boyce

Brown

Bushby

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Crossin

Edwards

Fawcett

Feeney

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Hogg

Kroger (Teller)

Lundy

Marshall

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Pratt

Ruston

Ryan

Singh

Smith

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.