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Monday, 30 November 2009
Page: 9334


Senator JOYCE (Leader of the Nationals in the Senate) (2:25 PM) —I recognise the discussion because I was party to it. But I did not get the answer then. Work by those such as Dr Christine Jones clearly identifies that summer grasses sequestrate more carbon than dry sclerophyll forests do. Minister, we would have to go back, using your words, to the scientific reality that carbon sink forests as prescribed in the legislation are an inferior storage of carbon to summer grasses; therefore, we will have to go back to that legislation to bring it into a form that deals with the reality of the carbon it sequestrates. Is the government going to review that legislation to bring it into line with the carbon reality or isn’t it?