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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. 950—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 Australians expect our nationally threatened species and wilderness places to be protected by the Commonwealth Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, including South Australia's Glossy Black Cockatoo, and the internationally listed Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Ramsar Wetlands; 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 Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Madigan

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

Xenophon

NOES, 32

Senators—

Back

Bilyk

Bishop

Boswell

Boyce

Brown

Cash

Collins

Crossin

Edwards

Faulkner

Fawcett

Fifield

Gallacher

Johnston

Kroger

Ludwig

Lundy

McEwen (Teller)

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Parry

Pratt

Ruston

Smith

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.