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Thursday, 22 November 2012
Page: 9497


Senator JACINTA COLLINS (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations) (12:00): Mr President, I seek leave to make a brief statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator JACINTA COLLINS: In 2009 this species was assessed by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee as not being eligible for listing. They considered the Spencer Gulf population was not a distinct species and that estimates of size are an underestimate. The committee also considered the Spencer Gulf population is subject to variation influenced by seasonal environmental conditions. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities continues to monitor the issue.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion be agreed to.