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Tuesday, 21 June 1994
Page: 1802

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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that 20 June 1994 marked the first anniversary of Australia's ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity;

  (b)expresses grave concern that, since ratification, threats to Australia's biological diversity have not abated but have in fact increased due in large part to the destruction of habitat from the continued logging of old-growth forests and wilderness areas and the large-scale clearance of native vegetation, particularly in New South Wales and Queensland;

  (c)recognises that Reedy Marsh in Tasmania, habitat of rare and threatened species, is just one of a large number of areas across Australia threatened by destructive logging activity; and

  (d)calls on the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner) to nominate native vegetation clearance as a key threatening process under the Endangered Species Protection Act 1992 and to ensure that areas of high conservation value are excluded from the 1994 woodchip licences in accordance with the moratorium clause of the national forest policy.