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20    Environment—Coal Seam Gas Mining—Approval of Landowners

Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 949—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   the Victorian National Party’s announcement in early 2015 that they ‘support landowners having the right to say no to coal seam gas extraction activity on their land’,

                 (ii)   comments by the Leader of The Nationals and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Mr Truss MP, that farmers should have the right to say yes or no to coal seam gas exploration and extraction on their property,

                (iii)   comments by:

                  ( a )   the Deputy Leader of The Nationals and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Mr Joyce MP, and

                  ( b )   the Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate and Minister for Rural Health, Senator Nash,

                         supporting a right for farmers to say no to coal seam gas activity on their land, and

                (iv)   reports that:

                  ( a )   the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr McCormack MP, and

                  ( b )   Mr Broad MP, and Senators McKenzie, Williams and Canavan,

                         support the right of farmers to say no to coal seam gas activity on their land; and

    (b)   agrees that landowners should have the right to say no to coal seam gas activity on their land.

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

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 14

Senators—

Di Natale

Ludlam

Rice

Waters

Hanson-Young

McKim

Siewert (Teller)

Whish-Wilson

Lambie

Muir

Simms

Xenophon

Lazarus

Rhiannon

 

 

 

NOES, 30

Senators—

Back

Gallagher

McEwen (Teller)

Peris

Bilyk

Ketter

McGrath

Polley

Bullock

Leyonhjelm

McKenzie

Reynolds

Bushby

Lindgren

McLucas

Ronaldson

Canavan

Lines

Moore

Ryan

Dastyari

Ludwig

O’Neill

Smith

Day

Marshall

Parry

Wang

Edwards

McAllister

 

 

 

Question negatived.