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24    Administration— Bureau of Meteorology—Regional weather forecasting teams

Senator McKim, also on behalf of Senators Whish-Wilson, Brown, Polley, Bilyk, Singh and Urquhart, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1053—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       that the Bureau of Meteorology intends to replace regional weather forecasting teams with a more centralised and automated model operating out of Melbourne and Brisbane,

                                    (ii)       that with a changing climate and more frequent extreme weather events, Australian regions need accurate localised weather forecasting services now more than ever before,

                                  (iii)       that this loss of localised weather forecasting and expertise will affect and concern many sectors, including emergency services, agriculture, fisheries and shipping,

                                  (iv)       for Tasmania, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has estimated this move will affect 15 to 20 specialist weather forecasting jobs,

                                   (v)       that Tasmania’s local weather forecasters have provided critical local knowledge to Tasmanian residents, businesses and emergency services during extreme weather events, such as the Hobart floods and Dunalley bushfires,

                                  (vi)       the United Firefighters Union Tasmania has stated that it is ‘absolutely crucial to have local knowledge’ during reduction burns and high fire danger periods, and

                                (vii)       the CPSU Tasmanian union, which represents parks and forestry firefighters and the State Emergency Service, has stated that it is ‘stupid and short-sighted’ to separate forecasters from crews on the ground; and

               (b)       calls on the Federal Government to ensure that the Bureau of Meteorology abandons its plans to centralise forecasting services, and maintain the current levels of jobs, expertise and forecasting services in regional areas.

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

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 32

Senators—

Bilyk

Griff

McCarthy

Siewert

Brown

Hanson-Young

McKim

Singh

Chisholm

Hinch

Moore

Smith, David

Collins

Keneally

O’Neill

Steele-John

Di Natale

Ketter

Patrick

Storer

Dodson

Kitching

Polley

Urquhart*

Faruqi

Marshall

Pratt

Waters

Gallacher

McAllister

Rice

Whish-Wilson

 

 

NOES, 25

Senators—

Abetz

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath

Ryan

Anning

Fifield

McKenzie

Scullion

Brockman

Gichuhi

Molan

Seselja

Bushby*

Hume

Paterson

Smith, Dean

Cormann

Leyonhjelm

Reynolds

Stoker

Duniam

Macdonald

Ruston

Williams

Fawcett

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.