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ENVIRONMENT—KOALA POPULATION

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 847—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the decline in koala populations around Australia;

 (b) calls on the Government to have a public and transparent inquiry into the status, heath and sustainability of Australia's koala population; and

 (c) in undertaking the inquiry, calls on the Government to consider the following matters:

  (i) the iconic status of the koala and the history of its management,

  (ii) knowledge of koala habitat,

  (iii) threats to koala habitat such as logging, land clearing, poor management, attacks from feral and domestic animals, disease, roads and urban development,

  (iv) the listing of the koala under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999,

  (v) the adequacy of the National Koala Conservation and Management Strategy,

  (vi) appropriate future regulation for the protection of koala habitat,

  (vii) interaction of state and federal laws and regulations, and

  (viii) any related matters.

Question put and passed.

Statements by leave: The Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion (Senator Stephens) and Senators Williams and Bob Brown, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.