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Tuesday, 24 June 2003
Page: 12381

Senator ALLISON (8:40 PM) —We have already heard Senator Lees talk about when someone is caught. We presume from that that they have breached the EPBC Act. But amendment (R8) says that the activity requires approval, not that someone has been caught breaching the act. That is why I ask what the process is. It is perfectly obvious that if somebody has been found guilty of breaching the act you would also want to throw the full weight of the law at them, including taking off their rebate. But for those for whom the activity actually requires approval, would this not broaden the scope of activities? At what point would a determination be made in terms of the activity requiring approval? Who determines that an activity requires an approval? At what point do you say, `This activity doesn't get the rebate or the credit'?