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Monday, 19 November 2012
Page: 9067

Senator MILNE (TasmaniaLeader of the Australian Greens) (20:24): I did ask the minister what extra level of resourcing will go to enforcement and compliance. I am interested to know whether the department is going to put on additional people or whether there are additional responsibilities. Where is the enforcement and compliance going to be centred within government and where is the additional resourcing? I also asked the minister to consider a research project in terms of establishing the DNA and then DNA testing for a species like merbau, which is going to be an extremely vexed issue because it goes across so many boundaries and jurisdictions. It will be virtually impossible for any due diligence to say where it actually came from.