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5       Environment and Communications References Committee—Reference

Pursuant to the order of the Senate of 4 February 2016 ( see entry no. 23, 4 February 2016 ), the following motion of Senators Simms and Xenophon was called on for the question to be put—That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 12 May 2016:

The potential environmental, social and economic impacts of BP’s planned exploratory oil drilling project, and any future oil or gas production in the Great Australian Bight, with particular reference to:

    (a)   the effect of a potential drilling accident on marine and coastal ecosystems, including:

                  (i)   impacts on existing marine reserves within the Bight,

                 (ii)   impacts on whale and other cetacean populations, and

                (iii)   impacts on the marine environment,

    (b)   social and economic impacts, including effects on tourism, commercial fishing activities and other regional industries;

     (c)   current research and scientific knowledge;

    (d)   the capacity, or lack thereof, of government or private interests to mitigate the effect of an oil spill; and

     (e)   any other related matters. 

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 32

Senators—

Bilyk

Gallacher

Ludwig

Siewert

Brown

Gallagher

Marshall

Simms

Bullock

Hanson-Young

McEwen (Teller)

Singh

Cameron

Ketter

McKim

Urquhart

Collins

Lambie

Moore

Waters

Conroy

Lazarus

O’Neill

Whish-Wilson

Dastyari

Lines

Rhiannon

Wong

Di Natale

Ludlam

Rice

Xenophon

 

 

NOES, 31

Senators—

Back

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Ruston

Birmingham

Fifield

Muir

Ryan

Brandis

Heffernan

Nash

Scullion

Bushby (Teller)

Johnston

O’Sullivan

Seselja

Canavan

Leyonhjelm

Parry

Sinodinos

Day

Lindgren

Payne

Smith

Edwards

Macdonald

Reynolds

Williams

Fawcett

Madigan

Ronaldson

 

 

 

Question agreed to.