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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 38


Senator BELL —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

    (a)notes:

      (i)the comments by the Premier of Tasmania (Mr Groom) that he is seeking an increase of 1.1 million tonnes in the export woodchip quota for Tasmania,

      (ii)that Tasmania already exports 2.9 million tonnes of woodchips,

      (iii)that the Premier claims that Tasmania has the capacity to export 4 million tonnes of woodchips on a sustainable basis, because that wood is wasted on the forest floor,

      (iv)that this is the same argument originally used to justify woodchipping, and

      (v)that, in 1973, figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics referred to a sustainable yield for the total volume of hardwood and softwoods used for sawmilling, plywood milling and woodchips of 4 million cubic metres; and

    (b)calls on the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner) and the Minister for Resources (Mr Beddall) to clearly and definitively establish a sustainable yield for forest as well as plantation products related to defined sources of wood for the next 50 years before any consideration is given to the Tasmanian Premier's proposal.