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ENVIRONMENT—KANGAROO ISLAND—SEISMIC TESTING

Senator Wright, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 988—That the Senate—

 (a) notes Bight Petroleum's referral of a proposed action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) (Reference number: 2012/6583) dated 15 October 2012, which sets out the company's intention to undertake seismic testing over a 3 000 sq km area to the west of Kangaroo Island between January and May 2013;

 (b) recognises the ecological, economic and social importance of the Kangaroo Island canyons and pool, first and foremost for the Kangaroo Island community, but also for South Australia as a whole; and


 (c) calls on the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) to use his powers under the Act to reject Bight Petroleum's referral as clearly unacceptable.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 8

Senators—

Di Natale

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

NOES, 27

Senators—

Back

Bilyk

Brown

Cash

Collins

Edwards

Fawcett

Feeney

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Lundy

Marshall

Mason

McEwen

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Ruston

Singh

Smith

Stephens

Thorp

Williams (Teller)

Question negatived.