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18    Transport—Western Australia—Perth Freight Link

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 878—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   that a Supreme Court action was lodged on Thursday, 10 September 2015, against the approval given by the Western Australian Minister for Environment (Mr Jacob) to the Roe 8 extension Stage 1 of the Perth Freight Link, and includes significant new revelations of bias and conflict of interest on the Environment Protection Authority board, potentially tainting the entire assessment process,

                 (ii)   the opposition to this project by over 30 separate residents’ and community groups, at least 3 local councils, and almost 15 000 individuals via petitions since 2008,

                (iii)   the well-documented flaws in the federal environmental assessment process, including flawed surveys of the iconic Black Cockatoo, and

                (iv)   the failure of the Government to release key documents to inform public evaluation of this project; and

    (b)   calls on the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development:

                  (i)   to reprioritise $925 million in federal funding allocated to this project to actual solutions to Perth’s freight task, including investment in freight rail and the Outer Harbour, and

                 (ii)   to urgently request that the federal assessment be delayed until such time as the judicial review in the Supreme Court has been completed.

Statements by leave : Senator Ludlam and the Minister for Communications (Senator Fifield), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 30

Senators—

Bullock

Hanson-Young

McKim

Rice

Cameron

Lambie

McLucas

Siewert

Carr

Lazarus

Moore

Simms

Collins

Lines

O’Neill

Sterle

Dastyari

Ludlam

Peris

Urquhart

Di Natale

Ludwig

Polley

Waters

Gallacher

McAllister

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

Gallagher

McEwen (Teller)

 

 

 

NOES, 30

Senators—

Abetz

Day

Lindgren

Ronaldson

Back

Edwards

Macdonald

Ruston

Bernardi

Fawcett

McGrath

Scullion

Birmingham

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Seselja

Bushby (Teller)

Fifield

Muir

Smith

Canavan

Heffernan

Nash

Wang

Cash

Johnston

Reynolds

Williams

Colbeck

Leyonhjelm

 

 

 

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