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ENVIRONMENT—GREAT BARRIER REEF—INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT

Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1253—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the World Heritage Committee's draft decision on the Great Barrier Reef states that, to avoid the reef being added to the World Heritage in Danger list, Australia must turn around the `limited progress' to date, and take `urgent and decisive' action on its earlier recommendations to prevent new ports in pristine areas, and reject damaging port expansions,

  (ii) the World Heritage Committee specifically identifies that the Fitzroy Delta, including Port Alma and Balaclava Island, should not be developed,

  (iii) that Queensland's draft Ports Strategy considers Port Alma and Balaclava Island part of the Gladstone Port available for development, and

  (iv) that Glencore Xstrata has just withdrawn its plans to develop a major coal port on pristine Balaclava Island; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) implement the World Heritage Committee's recommendations regarding ports immediately so that Australia does not become the only developed country with a site on the World Heritage in Danger list, and

  (ii) immediately rule out any industrial development in the Fitzroy Delta and reflect this in our national environment laws.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,9


Senators—
Di NataleMilneSiewert (Teller)Whish-Wilson
Hanson-YoungRhiannonWatersWright
Ludlam

NOES, 34


Senators—
BernardiFifieldMcEwenSmith
BilykFurnerMcLucasStephens
CameronGallacherMooreSterle
Carr, KimKroger (Teller)NashThistlethwaite
CashLinesParryThorp
CollinsLudwigPolleyUrquhart
CrossinLundyPrattWilliams
EdwardsMadiganRuston
FeeneyMarshallSingh

Question negatived.