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19    Administration—Australian Renewable Energy Agency—Funding

Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1164—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   how well positioned Australia is to take advantage of the huge jobs and commercial opportunities from investing in research and development in clean energy technologies,

                 (ii)   that the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is the institution that will enable us to be global leaders in clean technology innovation, and

                (iii)   that the 2014 Budget proposed $1.3 billion in cuts to ARENA for the financial years 2017-18 to 2021-22 which have so far been blocked but which have caused considerable uncertainty for ARENA; and

    (b)   resolves that the $1.5 billion of currently legislated funding for ARENA for the financial years 2016-17 to 2021-22 will not be reduced.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 12

Senators—

Di Natale

Lazarus

Muir

Simms

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Rice

Waters

Lambie

McKim

Siewert (Teller)

Whish-Wilson

 

 

NOES, 46

Senators—

Abetz

Fifield

McAllister

Polley

Back

Gallacher

McEwen (Teller)

Reynolds

Bernardi

Gallagher

McGrath

Ryan

Bilyk

Heffernan

McKenzie

Scullion

Brown

Johnston

McLucas

Singh

Bushby

Ketter

Moore

Sinodinos

Cameron

Lindgren

O’Neill

Smith

Canavan

Lines

O’Sullivan

Sterle

Colbeck

Ludwig

Parry

Urquhart

Dastyari

Macdonald

Paterson

Wang

Dodson

Madigan

Payne

Williams

Fawcett

Marshall

 

 

 

Question negatived.