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Thursday, 28 October 2010
Page: 997

Senator BOB BROWN (Leader of the Australian Greens) (10:14 AM) —I seek leave to amend paragraph (b) to replace the word ‘these’ with the words ‘the Santos and British Gas coal seam gas’ so that the motion will now make sense.

Leave not granted.

Senator Ian Macdonald —Mr President, I rise on a point of order. In relation to the motion which you have now agreed to be put in three parts, with one part having been knocked out, the second part that we are now going to vote on is nonsensical, because it simply reads that the Senate calls upon the government to ensure full compensation to farmers and other existing businesses which lose productivity due to these projects—and we have no idea what ‘these projects’ means. Therefore, without recommitting to the discussion we had before, we have done the wrong thing by splitting them. So, Mr President, I would ask that you rule part (b) out of contention, simply because it is nonsensical and means nothing.

The PRESIDENT —That is not a point of order.