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Notice given 30 July 2002

499  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) Is the Australian Greenhouse Partnerships Office about to close; if so, why.

(2) What projects developed with the assistance of the office will be affected if it closes, and how.

(3) Have there been objections to the closure, and from where.

500  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Forestry and Conservation—

(1) Is the Minister aware that, according to the latest Tasmanian Forest Practices Board report, 11.8 per cent (9,040 hectares) of the Regional Forests Agreement area’s Eucalyptus regnans remaining in 1996 was logged by 2001.

(2) Does the Minister recognise that, at this logging rate, 100 per cent will be lost by 2044 and that logging is not sustainable.

(3) Will the Government move immediately to reduce this rate to a sustainable level.

(4) What, in the Minister’s estimate, is the sustainable rate of Eucalyptus regnans logging in Tasmania for: (a) sawmills; (b) veneer; and (c) woodchip purposes.