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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—AUSTRALIAN URANIUM

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1172—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Australian uranium is confirmed to have been present in each of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station on 11 March 2011,

  (ii) the disaster is ongoing 2 years later, with continuing radiation leaks, and that 160 000 people remain displaced from their homes with inadequate compensation to resettle,

  (iii) decommissioning is expected to take over 40 years at a cost of A$100 billion, and

  (iv) approximately 2 000 samples of food and game tested for radiation between April 2012 and January 2013 exceeded the limit for human consumption of radioactive isotopes; and

 (b) calls on the Australian Government to undertake an immediate review of all bilateral uranium supply arrangements to assess the risk of future disasters at nuclear power stations in countries to which Australia supplies uranium.

Statement by leave: Senator Ludlam, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 10

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Ludlam

Milne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

Xenophon

NOES, 35

Senators—

Back

Bishop

Brown

Cameron

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Crossin

Evans

Faulkner

Feeney

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Kroger (Teller)

Lundy

Madigan

Marshall

McEwen

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Parry

Polley

Pratt

Ronaldson

Ruston

Singh

Smith

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.