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24      Regional Australia— Regional Australia

The Leader of The Nationals in the Senate (Senator McKenzie), also on behalf of Senators Canavan, Davey, McDonald and McMahon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 707—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    regional Australia is a fundamental pillar of our economy, and will play a critical role as we emerge and rebuild from the economic impacts caused by COVID-19,

(ii)                  our regional, rural and remote areas punch well above their weight; they represent just under a third of the national population, yet contribute two thirds of our national income,

(iii)                regional Australians have had to endure the COVID-19 pandemic in the wake of a devastating summer of bushfires, and

(iv)                the courage demonstrated by those in our regions as they continue to persist and resist, time and again, characterises the best of what it means to be Australian; and

(b)              commends the Liberal and Nationals Government on:

(i)                    continuing to recognise and respect the challenges faced by our regional communities, and letting those in bushfire-affected communities know that they have not been forgotten by this Government,

(ii)                  supporting these communities as they recover and rebuild through the $448.5 million Regional Bushfire Recovery and Development Program, and

(iii)                ensuring that our regions are better prepared than ever before the next bushfire season - attributing over $37 million towards strengthening communications across rural fire depots and evacuation centres.

Statements by leave : Senators Watt and Rice, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

The question was divided at the request of Senator Rice.

Question—That the motion be agreed to in respect of paragraph (a)—put and passed.

Question—That the motion be agreed to in respect of paragraph (b)—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 29

Senators—

Antic

Duniam

McGrath

Reynolds

Askew

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Ruston

Brockman

Hanson

McLachlan

Ryan

Canavan

Henderson

Molan

Scarr

Chandler

Hughes

O’Sullivan

Seselja

Colbeck

Hume

Paterson

Smith, Dean*

Cormann

McDonald

Rennick

Van

Davey

 

 

 

NOES, 28

Senators—

Ayres

Farrell

Lambie

Siewert

Bilyk

Faruqi

Lines

Sterle

Brown

Gallacher

McKim

Urquhart*

Carr

Gallagher

O’Neill

Walsh

Chisholm

Green

Pratt

Waters

Ciccone

Hanson-Young

Rice

Watt

Di Natale

Kitching

Sheldon

Whish-Wilson

* Tellers

Question agreed to.

 

 

 

After 12.45 pm—