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ENVIRONMENT—COAL SEAM GAS

Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1139—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) coal seam gas is a high-risk industry that poses unacceptable risks to our rivers and groundwater, agricultural lands and natural environment, and our communities, and

  (ii) since becoming Australia's Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Mr Burke has not rejected a single coal seam gas project, rather he has approved multiple enormous coal seam gas field developments across Queensland, and most recently in Gloucester in New South Wales despite significant community concerns about the health and environmental impacts of this new industry; and

 (b) calls on the Federal Government to protect Australia's rivers and groundwater, agricultural lands and natural environment, our communities and the world's climate and stop this new high-risk industry.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 9

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright


NOES, 39

Senators—

Birmingham

Bishop

Brown

Bushby

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Crossin

Edwards

Evans

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Hogg

Kroger (Teller)

Ludwig

Lundy

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Parry

Payne

Polley

Pratt

Ruston

Singh

Smith

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.