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Tuesday, 19 November 2002
Page: 6807


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister for Forestry and Conservation, upon notice, on 15 October 2002:

(1) Since 1999, how many meetings have been held between Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia, or its relevant predecessor, and the relevant state government departments to coordinate Commonwealth and state environmental legislation in relation to plantation forestry.

(2) Who attended each meeting.

(3) What was discussed at each meeting.

(4) What records were kept of each meeting.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) My Department advises me that, as direct responsibility for Commonwealth environmental legislation falls outside the portfolio responsibilities of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Australia (AFFA), there have been no meetings between AFFA, or its relevant predecessor, and state government departments specifically to coordinate Commonwealth and State environmental legislation in relation to plantation forestry since 1999.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) Not applicable.

(4) Not applicable.