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27    Environment— Murray-Darling Basin Plan

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong), also on behalf of Senators Bernardi, Gichuhi, Hanson-Young and Xenophon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 399—

(1)       That the Senate—

(a)       affirms its support for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan;

(b)       expresses deep concerns about allegations of theft and corruption in management of water resources in the Barwon-Darling Basin raised by the Four Corners report on 24 July 2017;

(c)       notes the matter has been referred to the Australian National Audit Office and New South Wales authorities for investigation;

(d)       considers a state-based inquiry into allegations, revealed in the report, to be insufficient and that the only way to ensure confidence in states’ commitment to achieve the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is through a national investigation;

(e)       calls for the establishment of an independent national judicial inquiry through the Council of Australian Governments; and

(f)        calls on all governments to commit to achieving a healthy, sustainable Murray-Darling Basin which supports the future prosperity of the communities which rely upon it.

(2)       That this resolution be communicated to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

Statements by leave : Senator Wong, the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath) and Senators Hanson-Young, Bernardi and Xenophon, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 38

Senators—

Bernardi

Georgiou

Marshall

Roberts

Brown

Griff

McCarthy

Siewert

Burston

Hanson

McKim

Singh

Cameron

Hanson-Young

Moore

Sterle

Chisholm

Hinch

O’Neill

Urquhart*

Collins

Kakoschke-Moore

Polley

Watt

Di Natale

Ketter

Pratt

Whish-Wilson

Farrell

Kitching

Rhiannon

Wong

Gallacher

Lambie

Rice

Xenophon

Gallagher

Lines

 

 

 

NOES, 23

Senators—

Birmingham

Hume

O’Sullivan

Scullion

Bushby*

Leyonhjelm

Parry

Seselja

Cash

Macdonald

Paterson

Sinodinos

Duniam

McGrath

Payne

Smith

Fawcett

McKenzie

Reynolds

Williams

Fifield

Nash

Ruston

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.