Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Samarco Iron Ore Mine
I think we are caught in the same place that we were yesterday. Whether or not the government intends to support this motion, I would seek leave to make a brief statement.
I thank the Senate for giving formality to this motion. I would also query whether Senator Ryan and the government team intend to vote for it or not. The condolences which are a part of this motion are extended on behalf of everybody in this place. Of course, this mine in Brazil is part owned by the Australian mining giant BHP. This motion calls on BHP and all Australian corporations active around the world to uphold local environmental laws, respect human rights and support adequate compensation for affected communities. This should be paid by the owners of the Samarco mine. I do not think that this is the end of this story and I certainly hope that we have got the unanimous support of this chamber for this important resolution.
Question agreed to.