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ENVIRONMENT—WESTERN AUSTRALIA—URANIUM PROJECT

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1070—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) demonstrations will be held in Adelaide, Perth and Darwin to mark the Toro Energy Limited annual general meeting on Wednesday, 28 November 2012,

  (ii) the Toro Energy Ltd uranium project near Wiluna, Western Australia, is located within a lake bed that floods periodically, and

  (iii) the project poses potential risk to cause extinction of flora species and the extinction of or adverse impacts to stygofauna; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) insist that the proponent and the Western Australian Government provide further information, baseline surveys and studies under section 133 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, particularly regarding impacts to tecticornia, stygofauna, radiological modelling on the risks of contamination of aquatic ecosystems and water supply for the full life of the mine,

  (ii) prevent the extinction of any species or sub-species occurring,

  (iii) demand adequate assessment of the potential for contamination of Lake Way from seepage from the proposed tailings storage facility, and

  (iv) act to ensure the comprehensive protection of the local environment and of future generations of Australian taxpayers by requiring the highest operational standards and comprehensive and costed closure and rehabilitation.

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

Question put and negatived.