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ADMINISTRATION—PROTECTING NATIONALLY THREATENED SPECIES AND WILDERNESS PLACES—RESPONSIBILITY

Senator Siewert, at the request of Senator Waters and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 982—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the Australian Institute of Marine Science study released on 2 October 2012 which found that 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) the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation report of 1 October 2012 which stated that ecological change across Australia in response to climate change is unavoidable; it will be widespread and substantial,

  (iii) the Australian Bureau of Statistics Measures of Australia's Progress 2012 report released on 9 October 2012 which highlighted that we are failing to stop the decline in our biodiversity and our atmosphere, and

  (iv) the Government's commitment to hand federal environmental responsibility for threatened and migratory species, Ramsar wetlands and heritage spaces to the states despite the likely damage to the nationally important places and species Australians consider too precious to lose; and


 (b) calls on the Government to retain responsibility for making all major decisions on environmentally damaging projects that affect our nationally threatened species and wilderness places.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 8

Senators—

Di Natale

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

NOES, 28

Senators—

Back

Bernardi

Bilyk

Bishop

Cameron

Cash

Collins

Cormann

Eggleston

Farrell

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Kroger

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Moore

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Ruston

Singh

Smith

Stephens

Sterle

Thorp

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.