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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. 939—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 New South Wales Premier (Mr O'Farrell) is ready to sacrifice the iconic Australian koala 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,11


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

NOES, 44


Senators—
BackCrossinHeffernanParry
BernardiEdwardsHoggPolley
BilykEgglestonHumphriesRuston
BishopFarrellKroger (Teller)Ryan
BoswellFaulknerLudwigScullion
BrownFawcettMacdonaldSmith
CameronFeeneyMarshallStephens
Carr, KimFierravanti-WellsMasonSterle
ColbeckFifieldMcEwenThistlethwaite
CollinsFurnerMcLucasThorp
ConroyGallacherMooreUrquhart

Question negatived.