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24    Environment—New South Wales—Coal Seam Gas Mining in the Pilliga Forest

Senator Rhiannon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1020—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the Federal Government has approved coal seam gas mining in the Pilliga Forest near Narrabri in New South Wales, with Santos planning to develop an 850-well field,

                 (ii)   the Pilliga Push is an ongoing civil disobedience campaign against this mining led by the Gamilaraay and Gomeroi peoples, the Knitting Nannas and other grassroots action groups in New South Wales, and

                (iii)   the Narrabri coal seam gas project presents an unacceptable risk to the region’s groundwater and the Great Artesian Basin; and

    (b)   calls on the Federal Government to:

                  (i)   condemn the New South Wales Police Force’s use of pepper spray against the protesters, and

                 (ii)   withdraw its approval of the Narrabri coal seam gas project.

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

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 11

Senators—

Di Natale

Ludlam

Rice

Waters

Hanson-Young

McKim

Siewert (Teller)

Whish-Wilson

Lazarus

Rhiannon

Simms

 

 

 

NOES, 37

Senators—

Back

Fawcett

McAllister

Peris

Bernardi

Gallacher

McEwen (Teller)

Polley

Bilyk

Gallagher

McGrath

Reynolds

Brown

Ketter

McKenzie

Ronaldson

Bullock

Leyonhjelm

McLucas

Ryan

Bushby

Lindgren

Moore

Smith

Cameron

Lines

O’Neill

Urquhart

Canavan

Ludwig

O’Sullivan

Wang

Carr

Marshall

Payne

Williams

Edwards

 

 

 

Question negatived.