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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—ENVIRONMENT—PROTECTION OF NATIONALLY IMPORTANT WILDERNESS PLACES

The Deputy President (Senator Parry) informed the Senate that Senator Siewert had proposed that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

 The Gillard Government's plans, at the upcoming COAG meeting on 6 December and 7 December, to hand federal responsibility for protecting our nationally important wild places and most vulnerable species to state governments at the behest of big business.

The proposal was supported by four senators and the matter was discussed.