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Notice given 6 May 2003

1427  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the answer to question no. 22 taken on notice during the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee additional estimates hearings in February 2003:

(1) What is the Commonwealth’s role with regard to the attempts that have been, and are being, made to move grey headed flying foxes out of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens and, more recently, the botanic gardens at Geelong.

(2) Are these operations being monitored by the Animal Ethics Committee and Zoos Victoria.

1428  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the answer to question no. 23 taken on notice during the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee additional estimates hearings in February 2003: What survival rate for animals released into the wild would be acceptable to the Commonwealth.

1429  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the answer to question no. 24 taken on notice during the Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee additional estimates hearings in February 2003:

(1) What was the location and fate of the grey headed flying foxes fitted with satellite tracking devices and released back into the wild.

(2) Can a copy of the report by the Victorian State Government on these results be provided.