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21    Environment—Protection of Shark Species

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1063—That the Senate—

    (a)   recognises that:

                  (i)   sharks play an important role as apex predators in marine ecosystems, and

                 (ii)   world shark populations are falling by between 63 to 273 million per year due to fisheries overexploitation;

    (b)   notes that the Australian Government has entered reservations against five shark species (big-eyed, pelagic and common thresher sharks, and scalloped and great hammerheads) under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, removing those shark species from the full protection otherwise provided by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act); and

     (c)   calls on the Australian Government to remove reservations for those five shark species, and to provide them full protection under the Act, by continuing to list Appendices I and II species on the Convention on Migratory Species as ‘migratory species’ under the Act.

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, 28

Senators—

Brown

Gallagher

McAllister

Rice

Bullock

Hanson-Young

McEwen (Teller)

Siewert

Cameron

Ketter

McKim

Simms

Carr

Lines

McLucas

Singh

Collins

Ludlam

O’Neill

Urquhart

Dastyari

Ludwig

Peris

Waters

Di Natale

Marshall

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

 

 

NOES, 29

Senators—

Abetz

Day

Lazarus

Parry

Back

Edwards

Lindgren

Payne

Bernardi

Fawcett

Macdonald

Reynolds

Birmingham

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath

Ryan

Bushby (Teller)

Fifield

McKenzie

Seselja

Canavan

Heffernan

Nash

Smith

Cash

Johnston

O’Sullivan

Williams

Colbeck

 

 

 

Question negatived.