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ENVIRONMENT—GREAT BARRIER REEF

Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 972—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the Australian Institute of Marine Science study released on 2 October 2012, which found that:

  (i) the Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half its coral cover in the past 27 years, and that, if current trends continue, coral cover could halve again by 2022,

  (ii) this loss was due to storm damage (48 per cent), crown of thorns starfish (42 per cent) and bleaching (10 per cent), and

  (iii) improving water quality is critical to reducing the huge damage caused by frequent outbreaks of the crown of thorns starfish; and

 (b) calls on the Federal Government to finally commit to renewing the Reef Rescue program for another 5 years with at least another $200 million in funding, to assist Queensland farmers to continue to reduce agricultural run-off into the Great Barrier Reef.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,10


Senators—
Di NataleMilneWatersWright
Hanson-YoungRhiannonWhish-WilsonXenophon
LudlamSiewert (Teller)

NOES, 40



Senators—
BilykCrossinLundyPratt
BishopEdwardsMacdonaldRuston
BrownFaulknerMcEwenRyan
CameronFeeneyMcKenzieScullion
Carr, BobFierravanti-WellsMcLucasSmith
Carr, KimFifieldMooreStephens
CashGallacherNashSterle
ColbeckHeffernanParryThistlethwaite
ConroyKroger (Teller)PayneThorp
CormannLudwigPolleyUrquhart

Question negatived.