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Monday, 21 November 2011
Page: 9012


Senator LUDWIG (QueenslandMinister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister Assisting the Attorney-General on Queensland Floods Recovery) (15:30): by leave—At the request of Senator Conroy, I seek leave to incorporate an answer to a supplementary question taken from Senator Waters on 7 November 2011.

Leave granted.

The answer read as follows

Supplementary Question

Senator Waters: Has the federal government notified UNESCO of the cumulative figures of dredging and offshore dumping up and down the coast in the World Heritage area, and if not why not?

Answer

The Australian Government has not provided cumulative figures regarding dredging and dumpĀ­ing in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to UNESCO, nor has this information been requested. The department has notified the World Heritage Centre of all current proposals for development that have been determined as likely to have significant impacts on the Great Barrier Reef world heritage values.