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ENVIRONMENT—WESTERN AUSTRALIA—JAMES PRICE POINT—BILBY HABITAT

Senator Siewert, also on behalf of Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 274—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the bilby is listed as a threatened species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999,

  (ii) human generated habitat degradation is identified as a major threat to bilbies according to the National Recovery Plan for the Greater Bilby Macrotis lagotis (2006), and

  (iii) the plan lists the following threats to the species:

   (A) a potential increase in predation through creating a corridor for predators to move along,

   (B) habitat destruction and degradation resulting from mining and other development, and

   (C) road mortality,

  (iv) building a gas hub at James Price Point, Western Australia, could result in degradation to known bilby habitats,

  (v) Woodside Petroleum has been given permission by the Government to clear 25 hectares of vegetation in known bilby habitat,

  (vi) there was evidence of bilbies in the area according to surveys conducted for the project, and

  (vii) this decision on clearing pre-empts any final decision by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (Mr Burke) on the gas hub and has been given during the process of a strategic assessment; and


 (b) calls on the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities to re-examine this decision and halt any clearing until a decision has been made on the strategic assessment of a gas hub for Browse Basin gas.

Question put and negatived.