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Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Page: 4173


Senator HANSON (Queensland) (16:09): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 898 standing in my name today, relating to coal-fired power stations. I understand the amendment has been circulated, and I would also like to add two additional words—'base load'—before the word 'power' at the end of the sentence.

The PRESIDENT: Is leave granted?

Senator Urquhart: Mr President, I think this is the third iteration of an amendment on this motion. On the copy that I have, I actually thought it said 'case load' not 'base load'. It's handwritten in pencil, and it was handed in after the commencement of the formal motions housekeeping.

The PRESIDENT: I will facilitate the operation of the chamber by asking if leave is granted to amend the motion so that it reads in the amended terms.

Leave granted.

Senator HANSON: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate calls on the Government to facilitate the building of new coal-fired power stations and the retrofitting of existing base load power stations.

I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator HANSON: Coal-fired power stations have been part of Australia's delivery of the power and energy that all Australians need. Liddell is in the hands of foreign ownership and is due to close down. Hazelwood has been closed down. Over a period of time now, we have seen extensive rises in the cost of electricity, and a lot of businesses are not able to afford to pay for this, neither are the general public, pensioners and small businesses. We need to keep up with the rest of the world.

Opposition senators interjecting

Senator HANSON: We are seeing 1,600 coal-fired power stations due to be built or being built around the world in countries such as China, Indonesia, Poland, Japan and Germany—to name some. We need to be progressive—

Opposition senators interjecting

Senator HANSON: if we intend to keep our industries and manufacturing here in Australia. We can supply the power needs that we have, otherwise we are going to shut down Australia to the rest of the world.

The PRESIDENT: Order! I'm going to insist that there not be interjections during one-minute statements. It will delay the business of the Senate.