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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 56


Senator Brown asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 22 August 2003:

(1) Can the Minister confirm whether the proposed fish farm development planned for Moreton Bay would need full scientific certainty pursuant to section 3A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that the proposed fish farm is under Commonwealth jurisdiction until full scientific certainty is achieved.


Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) Section 3A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) sets out the principles of ecologically sustainable development. These principles will be taken into account in deciding whether approval of the proposal is given under the Act and, if so, under what conditions.

(2) The proposed fish farm is a controlled action under the Act.