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Thursday, 23 August 2012
Page: 6222

Senator MADIGAN (Victoria) (12:22): Mr President, I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator MADIGAN: Some people have put it about that I am against wind farms. As I have said numerous times, I am not against any form of renewable energy provided it is not a danger to the health of the local community, it is not a danger to the health of the environment, it is not a danger to the health of the economy, and it actually does what it claims to do. In the case of the Bald Hills wind farm, this is a clear and extreme danger to the environment. This is not just a local matter; this is an international matter. It blatantly breaches major international agreements on migratory birds, primarily the agreements we have with Japan, China and the Republic of Korea. This government constantly claims that we cannot do much for our manufacturers or our farmers because we are obliged to fulfil the requirements of our international agreements with other countries. We allow apples with fire blight into our country and we will soon allow potatoes with the devastating zebra chip disease in as well—all because, according to the government, we must comply with our international obligations. If that is the government's attitude, I looked forward to their support for this motion which has one intention and one only: to see us comply with the international agreements that they have insisted we must uphold.