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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. 933—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 Tasmanian Premier (Ms Giddings) is ready to sacrifice the Tarkine wilderness for mining 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

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

Xenophon


NOES, 34

Senators—

Back

Bernardi

Bilyk

Brown

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Edwards

Farrell

Faulkner

Fawcett

Feeney

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Kroger

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McKenzie

Moore

Nash

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Ruston

Stephens

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.