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Notice given 18 August 2005

228  Senator Milne: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that Gunns Pty Ltd’s proposed pulp mill in the Tamar Valley in Tasmania, by the admission of the proponent, will:

(i) consume up to 4 million tonnes of woodchips per annum requiring at least 30 years access to native forests,


 (ii) pollute the air shed of the Tamar Valley with hydrogen sulphide emissions and other gaseous emissions generated by burning 500 000 tonnes of green wood waste each year,

(iii) potentially affect the habitat of 33 threatened species, including five nationally-listed endangered and five nationally-listed vulnerable species, and

(iv) pump approximately 30 billion litres of effluent containing organo-chlorines into Bass Strait each year, thus impacting on Commonwealth waters;

(b) calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) to withdraw the offer of $5 million in Commonwealth funding to Gunns Pty Ltd; and

(c) calls on the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (Senator Ian Campbell) to use his powers under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to reject the new proposal.

On 6 October 2005

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Finance and Public Administration References Committee

Report to be presented on Regional Partnerships program.

Economics References Committee

Report to be presented on possible links between household debt, demand for imported goods and Australia’s current account deficit.

On 10 October 2005

Business of the Senate—Order of the Day

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Workplace Relations Requirements) Bill 2005. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Five sitting days after today (12 October 2005)

Business of the Senate—Notices of Motion