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    22  FLOODING OF COMMUNITIES IN THE TORRES STRAIT

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Mr Entsch—That this House:

(1)    notes the motion agreed to on 18 August 2011 in relation to the severe flooding of Torres Strait Islands;

(2)    acknowledges the commitment the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government made on behalf of the Government to address the problem;

(3)    condemns the Minister for reneging on the promise to restore and rebuild the damaged sea walls on the outer islands of the Torres Strait to protect the island communities from further devastation; and

(4)    calls on:

(a)    the Minister to publicly comply with the resolution that this House passed on 18 August 2011; and

(b)   the Government to investigate:

(i)    any remediation works required to bring the affected sea walls to a standard high enough to prevent tidal flooding;

(ii)   the maintenance of sea walls to a safe standard; and

(iii)  how these works might be funded—

Debate resumed by Mr Neumann who moved, by leave, as an amendment—That the motion be amended to read: That this House:

(1)    notes the motion agreed to on 18 August 2011 in relation to the severe flooding of Torres Strait Islands;

(2)    acknowledges the commitment the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government made on behalf of the Government to address the problem;

(3)    calls on the:

(a)    Minister to publicly comply with the resolution that this House passed on 18 August 2011; and

(b)   Government to investigate:

(i)    any remediation works required to bring the affected sea walls to a standard high enough to prevent tidal flooding;

(ii)   the maintenance of sea walls to a safe standard; and

(iii)  how these works might be funded;

(4)    acknowledges the announcement made by the Minister on 4 June 2012 that the Commonwealth has committed up to $12 million to restore and rebuild sea walls of the Torres Strait Islands, representing one half of the overall cost of the project;

(5)    notes that the Torres Strait Regional Authority and Torres Strait Island Regional Council welcomed the Commonwealth contribution and called on the Queensland Government “...to recognise the serious nature of this issue for our communities and at least match the Commonwealth contribution”; and

(6)    calls on the Queensland Government to match the Commonwealth’s commitment to restoring and rebuilding the sea walls of the Torres Strait Islands.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

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The House divided (the Speaker, Ms A. E. Burke, in the Chair)—

AYES, 71

Mr Adams

Mr Dreyfus

Ms King

Mr Ripoll

Mr Albanese

Mrs Elliot

Dr Leigh

Ms Rishworth

Mr Bandt

Ms Ellis

Ms Livermore

Ms Rowland

Ms Bird

Dr Emerson

Mr Lyons

Ms Roxon

Mr Bowen

Mr M. J. Ferguson

Mr McClelland

Mr Rudd

Mr Bradbury

Mr Fitzgibbon

Ms Macklin

Ms Saffin

Ms Brodtmann

Mr Georganas

Mr Marles

Mr Shorten

Mr A. S. Burke

Mr Gibbons

Mr Melham

Mr Sidebottom

Mr Butler

Mr Gray

Mr Mitchell

Mr Slipper

Mr Byrne

Ms Grierson

Mr Murphy

Ms Smyth

Mr Champion

Mr Griffin

Mr Neumann

Mr Symon

Mr Cheeseman

Ms Hall*

Mr Oakeshott

Mr C. R. Thomson

Mr Clare

Mr Hayes

Mr O’Connor

Mr K. J. Thomson

Ms Collins

Mr Husic*

Ms O’Neill

Ms Vamvakinou

Mr Combet

Mr Jenkins

Ms Owens

Mr Wilkie

Mr Crean

Mr S. P. Jones

Ms Parke

Mr Windsor

Mr Danby

Mr Katter

Mr Perrett

Mr Zappia

Mrs D’Ath

Dr M. J. Kelly

Ms Plibersek

 

NOES, 66

Mr Alexander

Mr Fletcher

Ms Marino

Mr Schultz

Mr K. J. Andrews

Mr Forrest

Mrs Markus

Mr Scott

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Mr Frydenberg

Mr Matheson

Mr Secker*

Mr Billson

Ms Gambaro

Mrs Mirabella

Mr Simpkins

Mrs B. K. Bishop

Mrs Gash

Mr Morrison

Mr A. D. H. Smith

Ms J. I. Bishop

Mrs Griggs

Mrs Moylan

Dr Southcott

Mr Briggs

Mr Hartsuyker

Mr Neville

Dr Stone

Mr Broadbent

Mr A. G. Hawke

Mr O’Dowd

Mr Tehan

Mr Buchholz

Mr Hunt

Ms O’Dwyer

Mr Truss

Mr Chester

Mr Irons

Mrs Prentice

Mr Tudge

Mr Christensen

Dr Jensen

Mr Pyne

Mr Turnbull

Mr Ciobo

Mr E. T. Jones

Mr Ramsey

Mr van Manen

Mr Cobb

Mr C. Kelly

Mr Randall

Mr Vasta

Mr Coulton*

Mr Laming

Mr Robb

Dr Washer

Mr Crook

Ms Ley

Mr Robert

Mr Wyatt

Mr Dutton

Mr McCormack

Mr Wyatt Roy

 

Mr Entsch

Mr Macfarlane

Mr Ruddock

 

* Tellers

Pairs

Ms Gillard                      Mr Abbott

Mr L. D. T. Ferguson     Mr Haase

Mr S. F. Smith               Mr Baldwin

Mr Garrett                      Mr Hockey

Mr Snowdon                  Mr Somlyay

Mr Swan                        Mr Keenan

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Question—That the motion, as amended, be agreed to—put.

*389

The House divided (the Speaker, Ms A. E. Burke, in the Chair)—

AYES, 71

Mr Adams

Mr Dreyfus

Ms King

Mr Ripoll

Mr Albanese

Mrs Elliot

Dr Leigh

Ms Rishworth

Mr Bandt

Ms Ellis

Ms Livermore

Ms Rowland

Ms Bird

Dr Emerson

Mr Lyons

Ms Roxon

Mr Bowen

Mr M. J. Ferguson

Mr McClelland

Mr Rudd

Mr Bradbury

Mr Fitzgibbon

Ms Macklin

Ms Saffin

Ms Brodtmann

Mr Georganas

Mr Marles

Mr Shorten

Mr A. S. Burke

Mr Gibbons

Mr Melham

Mr Sidebottom

Mr Butler

Mr Gray

Mr Mitchell

Mr Slipper

Mr Byrne

Ms Grierson

Mr Murphy

Ms Smyth

Mr Champion

Mr Griffin

Mr Neumann

Mr Symon

Mr Cheeseman

Ms Hall*

Mr Oakeshott

Mr C. R. Thomson

Mr Clare

Mr Hayes

Mr O’Connor

Mr K. J. Thomson

Ms Collins

Mr Husic*

Ms O’Neill

Ms Vamvakinou

Mr Combet

Mr Jenkins

Ms Owens

Mr Wilkie

Mr Crean

Mr S. P. Jones

Ms Parke

Mr Windsor

Mr Danby

Mr Katter

Mr Perrett

Mr Zappia

Mrs D’Ath

Dr M. J. Kelly

Ms Plibersek

 

NOES, 66

Mr Alexander

Mr Fletcher

Ms Marino

Mr Schultz

Mr K. J. Andrews

Mr Forrest

Mrs Markus

Mr Scott

Mrs K. L. Andrews

Mr Frydenberg

Mr Matheson

Mr Secker*

Mr Billson

Ms Gambaro

Mrs Mirabella

Mr Simpkins

Mrs B. K. Bishop

Mrs Gash

Mr Morrison

Mr A. D. H. Smith

Ms J. I. Bishop

Mrs Griggs

Mrs Moylan

Dr Southcott

Mr Briggs

Mr Hartsuyker

Mr Neville

Dr Stone

Mr Broadbent

Mr A. G. Hawke

Mr O’Dowd

Mr Tehan

Mr Buchholz

Mr Hunt

Ms O’Dwyer

Mr Truss

Mr Chester

Mr Irons

Mrs Prentice

Mr Tudge

Mr Christensen

Dr Jensen

Mr Pyne

Mr Turnbull

Mr Ciobo

Mr E. T. Jones

Mr Ramsey

Mr van Manen

Mr Cobb

Mr C. Kelly

Mr Randall

Mr Vasta

Mr Coulton*

Mr Laming

Mr Robb

Dr Washer

Mr Crook

Ms Ley

Mr Robert

Mr Wyatt

Mr Dutton

Mr McCormack

Mr Wyatt Roy

 

Mr Entsch

Mr Macfarlane

Mr Ruddock

 

* Tellers

Pairs

Ms Gillard                      Mr Abbott

Mr L. D. T. Ferguson     Mr Haase

Mr S. F. Smith               Mr Baldwin

Mr Garrett                      Mr Hockey

Mr Snowdon                  Mr Somlyay

Mr Swan                        Mr Keenan

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.