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Tuesday, 24 September 2002
Page: 4749

Senator BROWN (4:30 PM) —I ask that general business notice of motion No. 161 standing in my name for today, relating to the need for underground cabling in Gippsland for Basslink, be taken as a formal motion.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Watson)—Is there any objection to Senator Brown's motion being taken as formal?

Senator Lightfoot —It is not a formal objection, but I am opposing the motion.

Senator BROWN —I thank the senator for that, although I am shocked by the potential opposition to this motion from the government. I move:

That the Senate calls on the Government to reconsider its approval of Basslink to ensure that the cable is placed underground in Gippsland instead of using pylons and overhead powerlines.