28th Nov 2022, 10:32 AM – Senate Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2022-2023 and two others - in Committee - Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct
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11A Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct in the Northern Territory
No amount appropriated by this Act is to be spent on equity investment for the development of the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct in the Northern Territory, including common use marine infrastructure and regional logistic hubs, as described on page 163 of Budget Paper No. 2 2022-23, which was tabled in both Houses of the Parliament on 25 October 2022.
What is the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct?
According to ABC News, the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct is:
where the NT government has proposed an industrial precinct featuring petrochemicals, minerals processing and renewables-based hydrogen.
The project, which is expected to include a jetty and other "common user marine infrastructure", was initially backed by the former Morrison government, which allocated the same funding over 10 years in its budget earlier this year.
Labor has described the precinct as a "a pathway to a decarbonised economy", but environmentalists have been highly critical of its expected use of fracked gas.
Though note a more recent report stated that:
The Northern Territory government has been accused of "greenwashing" after removing the term "petrochemicals" from its official documents about a new industrial hub on Darwin Harbour.
The yet-to-be developed site at Middle Arm — which received a $1.5 billion funding commitment in the federal budget — was previously promoted by the NT as a site for "low emission petrochemicals, renewable hydrogen and minerals processing".
But after environmentalists launched a campaign against the planned use of gas for some manufacturing at the site, Chief Minister Natasha Fyles said "mistruths" were being spread.
"This is not a petrochemical plant," Ms Fyles said earlier this month.
"This is a sustainable future project that is based on renewable energy into the future."
Her comments were at odds with multiple online government documents which referred to petrochemicals as being among the mix of industries, including renewables and minerals, that could be developed at the precinct.
But the term "petrochemicals" has now been scrubbed from many of those documents, while a new official website promoting the precinct features no references to the term.
Votes Not passed by a small majority
Nobody rebelled against their party.
|Australian Greens (100% turnout)||12 Yes – 0 No|
|Penny Allman-Payne Queensland||Yes|
|Dorinda Cox WA||Yes|
|Mehreen Faruqi NSW||Yes|
|Sarah Hanson-Young SA||Yes|
|Nick McKim Tasmania||Yes|
|Barbara Pocock SA||Yes|
|Janet Rice Victoria||Yes|
|David Shoebridge NSW||Yes|
|Jordon Steele-John WA||Yes|
|Lidia Thorpe Victoria||Yes|
|Larissa Waters Queensland||Yes|
|Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania||Yes|
|Australian Labor Party (64% turnout)||0 Yes – 16 No|
|Tim Ayres NSW||No|
|Catryna Bilyk Tasmania||No|
|Carol Brown Tasmania||No|
|Anthony Chisholm Queensland||No|
|Patrick Dodson WA||No|
|Katy Gallagher ACT||No|
|Nita Green Queensland||No|
|Karen Grogan SA||No|
|Fatima Payman WA||No|
|Helen Polley Tasmania||No|
|Louise Pratt WA||No|
|Tony Sheldon NSW||No|
|Marielle Smith SA||No|
|Glenn Sterle WA||No|
|Anne Urquhart Tasmania||No|
|Linda White Victoria||No|
|Raff Ciccone Victoria||Absent|
|Don Farrell SA||Absent|
|Jenny McAllister NSW||Absent|
|Malarndirri McCarthy NT||Absent|
|Deborah O'Neill NSW||Absent|
|Jana Stewart Victoria||Absent|
|Jess Walsh Victoria||Absent|
|Murray Watt Queensland||Absent|
|Penny Wong SA||Absent|
|Jacinta Nampijinpa Price NT Country Liberal Party||Absent|
|Andrew McLachlan SA Deputy President||No|
|David Pocock ACT Independent||Yes|
|Jacqui Lambie Network (0% turnout)||Absent|
|Jacqui Lambie Tasmania||Absent|
|Tammy Tyrrell Tasmania||Absent|
|Liberal National Party (50% turnout)||0 Yes – 1 No|
|James McGrath Queensland||No|
|Matthew Canavan Queensland||Absent|
|Liberal Party (21% turnout)||0 Yes – 5 No|
|Alex Antic SA||No|
|Wendy Askew Tasmania||No|
|Michaelia Cash WA||No|
|Richard Colbeck Tasmania||No|
|Paul Scarr Queensland||No|
|Simon Birmingham SA||Absent|
|Andrew Bragg NSW||Absent|
|Slade Brockman WA||Absent|
|Claire Chandler Tasmania||Absent|
|Jonathon Duniam Tasmania||Absent|
|David Fawcett SA||Absent|
|Sarah Henderson Victoria||Absent|
|Hollie Hughes NSW||Absent|
|Jane Hume Victoria||Absent|
|Kerrynne Liddle SA||Absent|
|Jim Molan NSW||Absent|
|Matt O'Sullivan WA||Absent|
|James Paterson Victoria||Absent|
|Marise Payne NSW||Absent|
|Gerard Rennick Queensland||Absent|
|Linda Reynolds WA||Absent|
|Anne Ruston SA||Absent|
|Dean Smith WA||Absent|
|David Van Victoria||Absent|
|National Party (0% turnout)||Absent|
|Ross Cadell NSW||Absent|
|Perin Davey NSW||Absent|
|Susan McDonald Queensland||Absent|
|Bridget McKenzie Victoria||Absent|
|Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (50% turnout)||0 Yes – 1 No|
|Malcolm Roberts Queensland||No|
|Pauline Hanson Queensland||Absent|
|Sue Lines WA President||Absent|
|Ralph Babet Victoria United Australia Party||Absent|
|Totals (49% turnout)||13 Yes – 24 No|
Turnout is the percentage of members eligible to vote that did vote.