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Greens, One Nation motion for buybacks in Williamtown red zone defeated in the Senate

A MOTION for the Turnbull government to begin the process of a voluntary buyout in Williamtown’s ‘red zone’ is dead in the water, after it was blocked in the Senate by both major parties on Tuesday.

The motion was put by Greens senator Lee Rhiannon and found support among One Nation senators and independent Nick Xenophon.

But it was defeated after Labor sided with the Coalition to vote it down, along with crossbenchers David Leyonhjelm, Cory Bernardi and Derryn Hinch.

One Nation senator Brian Burston fired a broadside at Labor over the move, saying he was shocked at their position after statements in the media as recently as last week calling for “urgent action” to help residents.

“It’s not often that One Nation agree on anything with the Greens, let alone vote with them,” he said.

“However the disaster that is PFOS/PFOA contamination, which is severely affecting the community … is above politics. It seems that, like the government, Labor is all talk on the issue.”

Source: The Newcastle Herald

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