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Tuesday, 8 March 2005
Page: 216


Senator Brown asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 3 February 2005:

In relation to restrictions on non-commercial growing of bananas in Queensland and potential impacts on flying foxes:

(1)   Are non-commercial banana-growers limited to 30 stems; if so, why.

(2)   Is there any evidence linking the restriction on non-commercial banana-growing with population levels of fruit-eating native species, in particular, is there any suggestion that flying fox populations are in decline and that limitations on banana-growing may be part of the cause.

(3)   What work is being done to reduce the dependence of commercial banana crops on chemicals, for example, by encouraging more diversity in the varieties of bananas grown.


Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   The regulation of commercial and non-commercial fruit crops is not an issue administered by the Environment and Heritage portfolio. I refer the honourable senator’s question to the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

(2)   There is no evidence linking the restriction on non-commercial banana-growing with population levels of fruit-eating native species.

(3)   The regulation of commercial and non-commercial fruit crops is not an issue administered by the Environment and Heritage portfolio. I refer the honourable senator’s question to the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.