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17    Law and Justice—Standing Under Environmental Laws

Senator Canavan, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 921—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   the importance of a robust and clear legal system that allows for timely judicial review and certainty for investors and the community alike,

                 (ii)   that the latest legal challenge brought by the Melbourne-based Australian Conservation Foundation to the development of the Galilee Basin is another cynical attempt to abuse due process,

                (iii)   that ongoing green law-fare is holding Queensland families to ransom, and jeopardising Australia’s reputation as a place to do business, and

                (iv)   that rather than protecting the environment, the replacement of the Galilee Basin’s lower-emission coal by higher-emission coal from other countries could instead cause an increase in global emissions; and

    (b)   calls on the Australian Labor Party to support legislative amendments to close legal loopholes being exploited by green groups.

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

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 29

Senators—

Abetz

Day

Leyonhjelm

Reynolds

Back

Edwards

Lindgren

Ronaldson

Bernardi

Fawcett

Macdonald

Ruston

Birmingham

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath

Ryan

Bushby (Teller)

Fifield

McKenzie

Sinodinos

Canavan

Heffernan

Parry

Wang

Cash

Johnston

Payne

Williams

Colbeck

 

 

 

NOES, 31

Senators—

Brown

Gallacher

Marshall

Simms

Bullock

Gallagher

McAllister

Sterle

Cameron

Hanson-Young

McKim

Urquhart (Teller)

Carr

Ketter

Moore

Waters

Collins

Lambie

Peris

Whish-Wilson

Conroy

Lazarus

Rhiannon

Wong

Dastyari

Lines

Rice

Xenophon

Di Natale

Ludwig

Siewert

 

 

 

Question negatived.