Motions - Energy

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (16:45): I thank everyone for staying with us. Obviously, it's the highlight of general business today and it's not only a motion from me; it's also from Senator O'Sullivan. The wording got a bit convoluted on the amendment. I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion no. 396.

Leave is not granted.

The PRESIDENT: Senator Macdonald, do you wish to seek formality?

Senator IAN MACDONALD: I just cannot understand the Labor Party. They are so base. But, anyhow, I shall then seek leave to treat this matter as a formal motion.

The PRESIDENT: Any objection to this motion being taken as formal? We are only talking about the original motion. There being none, I call Senator Macdonald.

Senator IAN MACDONALD: I, and also on behalf of Senator O'Sullivan, move:

That the Senate notes that Australian Governments should not force early retirement of coal-fired power stations in order to meet renewable energy targets.

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