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Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Page: 1623


Senator LUDWIG (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Minister Assisting the Attorney-General on Queensland Floods Recovery) (4:07 PM) —I table the exposure draft and explanatory memorandum of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2011 and seek leave to move a motion to refer the documents to a committee. Additionally, I seek leave to incorporate in Hansard a statement setting out the reasons.

Leave granted.


Senator LUDWIG —I move:

That the exposure draft and explanatory memorandum of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2011 be referred to the Rural Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 10 May 2011.

Question agreed to.

The statement read as follows—

 EXPOSURE DRAFT

ILLEGAL LOGGING PROHIBITION BILL  2011

I am pleased to table a draft of legislation and a draft explanatory memorandum for the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2011.

I refer the draft materials to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural Affairs and Transport and ask them to hold a public inquiry and report back to the Senate by 29 April.

This draft bill delivers a commitment the Labor Party made in 2007 and reiterated in 2010. By referring the drafts, I am also fulfilling an undertaking that I made in December 2010 to introduce the legislation after public consultation.

The government has already consulted widely with forest industry stakeholders, manufacturers and retailers of wood products, and with conservation interests on this matter.

The legislation benefits from substantial research commissioned by the government including a proposed framework for assessing and managing the risk of sourcing illegally logged timber products, a generic code of conduct and regulatory and small business impact statements.

The committee may wish to note this research is all available on my department’s website.

The legislation prohibits the importation of illegally logged timber. It provides a framework for a co-regulatory approach which will be implemented by subordinate legislation.

The legislation supports international efforts to combat the trade in legally logged timber products which poses unfair competition between illegal and legal timber suppliers.

This is an appropriate matter for the Parliament to consider in the United Nations International Year of Forests 2011.