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Wednesday, 11 May 1994
Page: 563


Senator CHAMARETTE —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)an endangered species, the golden tipped bat, was recently sighted in the Badja State Forest by a team of scientists from the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the Australian National University,

    (ii)for a period of 80 years, this bat was believed to be extinct in Australia until it was rediscovered in 1984,

    (iii)any logging in the area could seriously threaten, if not eliminate, the habitat of the bat, and

    (iv)that the national forest policy areas of high conservation value, including areas which are the habitat for highly endangered species, are to be identified and reserved; and

  (b)calls on the Government:

    (i)to move swiftly to implement the conservation provisions of the national forest policy and protect the Badja State Forest from logging, and

    (ii)to implement these provisions of the national forest policy by protecting the many other high conservation values throughout Australia.