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18    Primary Industries—Australian Sugar Industry

Senator Lazarus, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 819—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the Australian sugar industry directly employs approximately 16 000 people across the growing, harvesting and transport sectors,

                 (ii)   95 per cent of the sugar produced in Australia is grown in Queensland with the balance grown in New South Wales,

                (iii)   the sugar cane industry is one of Australia’s largest and most important rural industries, and sugar has been identified as Queensland’s most important rural crop,

                (iv)   the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee in its report Current and future arrangements for the marketing of Australian sugar recommended the development and implementation of a mandatory sugar industry code of conduct, and

                 (v)   sugar cane growers are urgently seeking the assistance of the Government to support them in ensuring the long-term viability and health of the Australian sugar industry; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to act on the Committee’s recommendation by working with stakeholders across the Australian sugar industry to develop an industry code of conduct, and to ensure that sugar cane growers have the flexibility to engage any party to undertake marketing and establish an independent arbitrator to undertake pre-contractual commercial arbitration.

Statements by leave : Senators Canavan and Lazarus, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 34

Senators—

Brown

Gallagher

McEwen (Teller)

Singh

Bullock

Hanson-Young

McLucas

Sterle

Cameron

Ketter

Moore

Urquhart

Carr

Lambie

O’Neill

Wang

Collins

Lazarus

Peris

Waters

Conroy

Lines

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

Dastyari

Ludlam

Rice

Wright

Di Natale

Ludwig

Siewert

Xenophon

Gallacher

McAllister

 

 

 

NOES, 32

Senators—

Back

Day

Lindgren

Parry

Bernardi

Edwards

Macdonald

Payne

Birmingham

Fawcett

Madigan

Reynolds

Brandis

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath

Ronaldson

Bushby (Teller)

Fifield

McKenzie

Ruston

Canavan

Heffernan

Muir

Ryan

Cash

Johnston

Nash

Smith

Colbeck

Leyonhjelm

O’Sullivan

Williams

 

 

Question agreed to.