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URGENCY MOTION

The Deputy President (Senator Reid) informed the Senate that the

President had received a letter from Senators Chamarette and Lees

advising that this day they intended to move--That, in the opinion of

the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

The urgent need for immediate protection of high conservation value

forests, the phase out of export woodchipping in native forests and

the establishment of an industry transition strategy to protect

workers and secure their future through a transition to the extensive

plantation base.

The proposal was supported by 4 Senators.

Senator Chamarette, also on behalf of Senator Lees, moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

The Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner), by leave, moved the following amendment:

Omit all words after "urgency", insert "The urgent need for immediate

protection of high conservation value forests in line with the

Commonwealth Government's reserve criteria, the phase out of export

woodchippingin native forests not covered by regional forest

agreements and the establishment of an industry strategy, to protect

workers and secure their future, including through increased

utilisation and expansion of the plantation base.".

Debate ensued.

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

Senator Kemp, by leave, moved the following amendment:

Omit all words after "urgency", insert "The urgent need for immediate

protection of high conservation value forests, the phase out of

woodchip exports from native forests not covered by the regional

forest agreements, and the establishment of an industry transition

strategy to protect workers and secure their future through a

transition to the extensive plantation base.".

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

Main question put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 9

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

NOES, 36

Abetz Baume Beahan Boswell Burns Calvert Carr Childs Coates Collins, Jacinta Colston Cooney Crowley Denman Ferguson Forshaw Herron Hill Jones Kemp Knowles McGauran McKiernan Murphy Neal O'Chee (Teller) Panizza Ray Reid Reynolds Sherry Tierney Troeth Watson West Wheelwright

Question negatived.