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Notice given 26 June 2003

1587  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to Tasmania’s rainforests, including those on private lands, and their conversion to plantations under the Government’s Regional Forest Agreement:

(1) What area and percentage of the original area remained in 1996.

(2) Since 1996, what area and percentage of the rainforests has been converted to plantations.

(3) From 1996, what area and percentage of the rainforests will be converted to plantations.

1588  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to Tasmania’s native forests and their conversion to plantations under the Government’s Regional Forest Agreement (RFA):

(1) What area and percentage of Tasmania’s original native forest cover remained in 1996.

(2) Since 1996, what additional area and percentage of the remaining area has been converted.

(3) From 1996, what further area and percentage of the remaining area will be converted.

(4) Where, in the RFA, are these parameters set out and agreed to.

1589  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to Tasmanian forests on public and private lands, under the Regional Forest Agreement planning:

(1) (a) How many specific coupes have been assured for: (i) clearfell logging, and (ii) selective logging; and (b) in each case, how many of the coupes were assessed by a qualified: (i) archaeologist or anthropologist, (ii) botanist, (iii) zoologist, (iv) geologist, and (v) pleontologist.

(2) If figures are not kept, is it a fact, in each case, that much less than one quarter of the coupes were assessed.

1590  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—

(1) On how many occasions since 1997 have representatives of the Commonwealth Government inspected proposed or active logging sites under the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement to make independent assessments.

(2) What did these assessors report.