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17    Regional Australia—Wet Tropics—Yellow Crazy Ants

The Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team (Senator Lazarus), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1104—That the Senate—

    (a)   recognises the damaging impact of yellow crazy ants in northern Queensland on:

                  (i)   rainforests, including a 60 hectare World Heritage Area within an 800 hectare infestation south of Cairns,

                 (ii)   ecotourism,

                (iii)   farming, including the infestation of 230 hectares of sugarcane,

                (iv)   Australian wildlife and pets, including many endangered species endemic to northern Queensland rainforests,

                 (v)   the health of residents, including the risk of temporary blindness if sprayed in the eye with formic acid,

                (vi)   the safety of schools,

               (vii)   the liveability of the region, and

              (viii)   property values; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to urgently commit funding to the Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication Program to fund it for 3 years past June 2016.

Statements by leave : Senator Lazarus, the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan) and Senator Waters, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.