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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. 957—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 the Australian Capital Territory's nationally heritage listed Namadgi National Park, which makes up almost 45 per cent of the territory; 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,9


Senators—
Di NataleMadiganSiewert (Teller)Whish-Wilson
Hanson-YoungRhiannonWatersWright
Ludlam

NOES, 32


Senators—
BackConroyMarshallPratt
BilykCormannMcEwen (Teller)Ryan
BoswellFarrellMcKenzieScullion
BrownFifieldMooreSmith
CameronGallacherNashSterle
Carr, KimHoggParryThistlethwaite
ColbeckKrogerPayneThorp
CollinsLundyPolleyUrquhart

Question negatived.