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27    Industry— South Australia—Radioactive waste facility at Kimba—Order for production of documents

Senator Patrick amended general business notice of motion no. 643 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—

(1)       That the Senate notes that:

(a)       in 2015, the Government commenced consultation with the local community of Kimba in South Australia on whether the town might host a radioactive waste management facility, in order to ascertain if there was ‘broad community support’;

(b)       in an early 2016 vote on the issue, the community was shown to be split down the middle - 51% in favour to 49% against;

(c)       a late 2016 vote was then held, where the numbers changed slightly to 56% in favour to 41% against;

(d)       on 22 March 2017, the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, responding to a question from then Senator Xenophon on the meaning of ‘broad community support’, advised the Senate that the Government had taken a proposal forward in the Hawker region in South Australia where support was at 65%;

(e)       the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia further advised that, while the Government has not put a definitive figure on what constitutes ‘broad community support’, the Government would need a figure in the range of the support received in Hawker;

(f)        Kimba voted a third time in July this year, with a total of 88% of the community voting - the results have come in at 57% for and 43% against;

(g)       at no stage has the 65% ‘broad community support’ criteria the Government set itself been reached; and

(h)       on 27 June 2017, the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia announced that two proposed sites for a radioactive waste management facility at Kimba will proceed to the next phase of assessment.

(2)       That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, by no later than 3.30 pm on 7 December 2017, a definition of the decision criteria ‘broad community support’ and all information used by him to determine that proceeding to the next phase of assessment for the two proposed sites for a radioactive waste management facility at Kimba had ‘broad community support’.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath) and Senator Patrick, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 35

Senators—

Bartlett

Dodson

Leyonhjelm

Rice

Bilyk

Farrell

Lines

Siewert

Brown

Gallacher

McAllister

Singh

Burston

Georgiou

McCarthy

Steele-John

Cameron

Griff

McKim

Sterle

Carr

Hanson

Moore

Urquhart*

Chisholm

Hanson-Young

Patrick

Watt

Collins

Ketter

Polley

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

Kitching

Rhiannon

 

 

 

NOES, 24

Senators—

Abetz

Canavan

Hinch

Paterson

Anning

Cash

Hume

Reynolds

Bernardi

Duniam

Macdonald

Ryan

Birmingham

Fawcett

McGrath

Scullion

Brockman

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Seselja

Bushby*

Fifield

O’Sullivan

Williams

* Tellers

Question agreed to.