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20    Environment—Subsidies for Coal-fired Power Stations

Senator Waters amended general business notice of motion no. 935 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   the importance of transitioning to lower polluting forms of energy generation,

                 (ii)   that the United States of America (US) and Japan have agreed to limit Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) subsidies to the most efficient types of coal power plants,

                (iii)   the fact that subsidies from the OECD export credit agencies to coal-fired power stations in developing nations constitute an obstacle to the transition to clean energy in those nations, and

                (iv)   reports that the Turnbull Government is set to block a proposal from the US and Japan to remove OECD export credit subsidies for the dirtiest coal-fired power stations in developing nations; and

    (b)   calls on the Turnbull Government to support the proposal from the US and Japan to exclude the dirtiest coal-fired power stations from receiving OECD export credit subsidies.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 30

Senators—

Brown

Gallagher

McKim

Simms

Bullock

Hanson-Young

Moore

Singh

Cameron

Ketter

Peris

Sterle

Carr

Lambie

Polley

Urquhart (Teller)

Collins

Lazarus

Rhiannon

Waters

Conroy

Ludlam

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

Ludwig

Siewert

Xenophon

Gallacher

McAllister

 

 

 

NOES, 30

Senators—

Abetz

Edwards

Madigan

Ruston

Back

Fawcett

McGrath

Ryan

Bernardi

Fifield

McKenzie

Scullion

Birmingham

Heffernan

Muir

Seselja

Bushby (Teller)

Johnston

Payne

Smith

Canavan

Leyonhjelm

Reynolds

Wang

Colbeck

Lindgren

Ronaldson

Williams

Day

Macdonald

 

 

 

The ayes and noes were equal and so the question was negatived.