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WATER AMENDMENT (LONG-TERM AVERAGE SUSTAINABLE DIVERSION LIMIT ADJUSTMENT) BILL 2012

Order of the day read for the further consideration of the bill in committee of the whole.

In the committee

Consideration resumed of the bill.

Senator Hanson-Young moved the following amendment:

 Schedule 1, item 10, page 6 (line 18), at the end of subsection 23A(2), add:

 ; and (e) a requirement for the Authority not to propose an adjustment under paragraph (1)(a) or (b) without:

 (i) undertaking modelling of the environmental impacts of the proposed adjustment using an integrated water model that takes into account the best available science including the most recent knowledge about climate change, ground water and the environmental water requirements of key environmental assets and key ecosystem functions of the water resource; and

 (ii) publicly releasing the modelling along with a plain language assessment of the environmental outcomes modelled, including in relation to ground water and the environmental water requirements of key environmental assets and key ecosystem functions of the water resource.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES, 11

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Madigan

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

Xenophon

NOES, 35

Senators—

Back

Bilyk

Birmingham

Boswell

Brown

Colbeck

Conroy

Crossin

Edwards

Farrell

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Joyce

Kroger (Teller)

Ludwig

Lundy

Macdonald

McEwen

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Nash

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Ruston

Singh

Sinodinos

Smith

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Williams

Question negatived.


Senator Hanson-Young moved the following amendment:

 Schedule 1, item 10, page 6 (lines 29 to 33), omit subsection 23A(4), substitute:

   Limit on proposed adjustments

  (4) One or more adjustments may be proposed by the Authority under paragraph (1)(a), and an adjustment may be proposed under paragraph (1)(b) as a result of those adjustments, only if the adjustment under paragraph (1)(b) would not have the effect of reducing the volume of water available for the environment.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The committee divided—

AYES,10


Senators—
Di NataleMilneWatersWright
Hanson-YoungRhiannonWhish-WilsonXenophon
LudlamSiewert (Teller)

NOES, 36


Senators—
BackFarrellMadiganPratt
BilykFaulknerMarshallRuston
BirminghamFeeneyMcEwenSingh
BoyceFurnerMcKenzieSmith
BrownGallacherMcLucasStephens
CameronJoyceMooreSterle
ConroyKroger (Teller)NashThistlethwaite
CrossinLudwigParryThorp
EdwardsLundyPolleyWilliams

Question negatived.

The Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator Joyce) moved the following amendment:

 Schedule 1, item 10, page 9 (after line 35), after section 23B, insert:

  

23C Achievement of reductions in long-term average sustainable diversion limit

   Any reduction in the long-term average sustainable diversion limit for the water resources of a particular water resource plan area may only be achieved through the purchase of water access rights if the purchase of those rights will not cause apparent social or economic detriment to the district in the Murray-Darling Basin from which the water is retrieved.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.


The committee divided—

AYES,31


Senators—
BackColbeckJoyceRonaldson
BernardiEdwardsKrogerRuston
BirminghamEgglestonMacdonaldRyan
BoswellFierravanti-WellsMadiganScullion
BoyceFifieldMasonSinodinos
BrandisHeffernanMcKenzieSmith
BushbyHumphriesNashWilliams (Teller)
CashJohnstonParry

NOES, 37


Senators—
BilykFarrellMcEwenSterle
BishopFaulknerMcLucasThorp
BrownFeeneyMilneWaters
CameronFurnerMooreWhish-Wilson
Carr, BobGallacherPolley (Teller)Wong
Carr, KimHanson-YoungPrattWright
CollinsHoggRhiannonXenophon
ConroyLudlamSiewert
CrossinLundySingh
Di NataleMarshallStephens

Question negatived.

Bill agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The President resumed the chair and the Chair of Committees (Senator Parry) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy) the report from the committee was adopted.

Senator Conroy moved—That this bill be now read a third time.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 37

Senators—

Bernardi

Bilyk

Birmingham

Brown

Cameron

Conroy

Crossin

Edwards

Farrell

Feeney

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Hogg

Joyce

Kroger

Macdonald

McEwen

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Nash

Polley (Teller)

Pratt

Ruston

Ryan

Singh

Sinodinos

Smith

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Williams

Wong

Xenophon


NOES, 9

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

Question agreed to.

Bill read a third time.