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Thursday, 12 May 1994
Page: 703


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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes, with grave concern, that the paper entitled `The development of scientific criteria for Commonwealth Government purchases of environmentally preferred paper products' produced by the Commonwealth Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) states that plantation fibre is to reflect an equal ranking with indigenous fibre sourced in accordance with the national forest policy statement;

  (b)rejects the position that use of plantation fibre and indigenous fibre sourced from native forests other than old-growth forests have equal environmental impact;

  (c)calls on CEPA to recognise that the native regrowth forests of today are the old-growth forests of tomorrow; and

  (d)urges CEPA to review its criteria and institute a preference for fibre sourced from plantation timber.