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ENVIRONMENT—AUSTRALIAN CUTTLEFISH

Senator Wright, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1051—That the Senate—

 (a) expresses deep concern about the upper Spencer Gulf population of the giant Australian cuttlefish (Sepia apama) which has catastrophically declined from a high of over 200 000 individuals in 1999 to less than 10 000 individuals in 2012; and


 (b) calls on the Gillard Government to urgently reassess whether or not the upper Spencer Gulf population of this species is eligible for listing under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Statement by leave: The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 9

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

NOES, 40

Senators—

Back

Bilyk

Bishop

Boyce

Brown

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Cormann

Crossin

Edwards

Farrell

Faulkner

Feeney

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Hogg

Kroger (Teller)

Ludwig

Lundy

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Ruston

Ryan

Singh

Smith

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Williams

Question negatived.

Statement by leave: Senator Wright, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.