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ENVIRONMENT—WETLANDS—FIELD AND GAME AUSTRALIA

Senator McKenzie amended general business notice of motion no. 1321 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the significance of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention), an intergovernmental treaty, which centres on the concept of `wise use' to promote the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and their resources, through ecosystem approaches, for the benefit of humankind, and specifically that:

  (i) the Ramsar Convention aims are to halt the worldwide loss of wetlands and to conserve through `wise use' management those that remain, and

  (ii) that `wise use' means the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and their resources for the benefit of humankind;

 (b) acknowledges that:

  (i) the Ramsar Convention stresses the importance of maintaining `ecological character' and that this should be done for the peoples' benefit, and

  (ii) the natural environment has inherent value, and value in relation to peoples' relationship and interaction with it;

 (c) supports the wise use of wetlands; and

 (d) congratulates Field and Game Australia for the conservation of the Heart Morass, one of the largest habitat conservation project in Australia.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,31


Senators—
AbetzColbeckHumphriesPayne
BackCormannJohnstonRonaldson
BernardiEdwardsKroger (Teller)Ruston
BirminghamEgglestonMacdonaldRyan
BoswellFawcettMadiganScullion
BoyceFierravanti-WellsMasonSinodinos
BushbyFifieldMcKenzieSmith
CashHeffernanParry

NOES, 36


Senators—
BilykFeeneyMarshallSingh
BishopFurnerMcEwen (Teller)Stephens
CameronGallacherMcLucasSterle
Carr, KimHanson-YoungMilneThistlethwaite
CollinsHoggMooreThorp
CrossinLinesPolleyUrquhart
Di NataleLudlamPrattWaters
FarrellLudwigRhiannonWhish-Wilson
FaulknerLundySiewertWright

Question negatived.

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