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The Deputy President (Senator Crichton-Browne) informed the Senate that

the President had received a letter from Senator Coulter, advising that

this day he intended to move--That, in the opinion of the Senate, the

following is a matter of urgency:

(a) the Government's failure to control and reduce the emission of

greenhouse gases to a level in the year 2000 equal to the

level in the year 1990 and to 20 per cent below that level by

the year 2005; and

(b) the failure of its program for addressing greenhouse, its

failure to implement many strategies that could easily be

adopted, its failure to fully utilise the powers available to

it and in so failing pursuing a program which is totally at

variance with the precautionary principle, a principle which

it claims to embrace.

The proposal was supported by 4 Senators.

Senator Coulter moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

Suspension of standing orders: Senator Kemp, at the request of the

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Hill) and pursuant to

contingent notice, moved--That so much of the standing orders be

suspended as would prevent Senator Hill moving an amendment to the


Question put and passed.

Senator Kemp, at the request of Senator Hill, moved the following


Omit all words after "urgency:", substitute "The Government's failure:

(a) to state an effective policy on reducing greenhouse gases; and

(b) to produce initiatives which will encourage developing

countries to join any new convention on greenhouse


Debate ensued.

Question--That the amendment be agreed to--put and negatived.

Main question put.

The Senate divided--


Bell Bourne (Teller) Chamarette Coulter Devereux Lees Margetts Spindler Woodley

NOES, 44

Baume Beahan Boswell Brownhill Burns Carr Chapman Coates Colston Cooney Denman Evans, Christopher Ferguson Foreman Forshaw Gibson Herron Jones Kemp Knowles Loosley Macdonald, Ian Macdonald, Sandy McGauran McKiernan McMullan Minchin Murphy Neal Newman O'Chee (Teller) Panizza Patterson Reid Reynolds Sherry Short Tambling Teague Tierney Troeth Watson West Woods

Question negatived.