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26    Administration—2016 Federal Election—Use of Australian Paper

Senator Xenophon, also on behalf of Senators Madigan, Muir and Lambie and the Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team (Senator Lazarus), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1178—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   it is likely that a federal election will be held on Saturday, 2 July 2016,

                 (ii)   it is estimated that some 40 million ballot papers will be required on election day, which is equivalent to some 700 tonnes of paper, and

                (iii)   Australia is capable of producing the quantity and quality of paper required for ballot papers as well as other election material to be printed for the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) for the 2016 Federal election; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to require the use of Australian paper for ballot papers and other election materials produced for the AEC.

Statements by leave : The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan) and Senator Xenophon, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Senator Rice, by leave, moved the following amendment:

Paragraph (b), after “require the use of Australian paper”, insert “sourced from plantation or recycled sources”.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived.

Main question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 32

Senators—

Brown

Ketter

McAllister

Rice

Cameron

Lambie

McEwen

Siewert

Carr

Lazarus

McKim

Simms

Dastyari

Lines

Moore

Singh

Di Natale

Ludlam

Muir

Sterle

Gallacher

Ludwig

O’Neill

Waters

Gallagher

Madigan

Peris

Whish-Wilson

Hanson-Young

Marshall

Rhiannon

Xenophon (Teller)

 

 

NOES, 26

Senators—

Back

Edwards

McGrath

Ruston

Bernardi

Fawcett

O’Sullivan

Ryan

Birmingham

Fifield

Parry

Scullion

Bushby (Teller)

Heffernan

Paterson

Seselja

Canavan

Johnston

Payne

Smith

Cash

Lindgren

Reynolds

Williams

Colbeck

Macdonald

 

 

 

Question agreed to.

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