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ENVIRONMENT—WESTERN AUSTRALIA—DAMPIER ARCHIPELAGO

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1316—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) over one year ago the Australian Heritage Council found that the 30 000 year old rock art complex on the Dampier Archipelago and Burrup Peninsula met two World Heritage criteria, and

  (ii) construction of the Yara Pilbara Nitrates ammonium nitrate plant began in November 2012, in breach of approval conditions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, as a survey of rock art within a 2 km radius of the site has not been completed and no air quality monitoring instruments are in place; and

 (b) calls on the Minister to:

  (i) commit to taking all necessary steps to have the Dampier Archipelago, which includes the Dampier Archipelago Rock Art Province with its uninterrupted rock art collection spanning 30 000 years, placed on the World Heritage List by 2016,

  (ii) confirm that the Dampier Archipelago is on the Tentative List for World Heritage Nomination, and

  (iii) urgently suspend construction of the Yara Pilbara Burrup Nitrates ammonium nitrate production facility until approval conditions are met.

Question put and negatived.