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Notice given 2 March 2006

1609  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the review of matters of national environmental significance required under section 28A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 :

(1) (a) Was a report under section 28A due on 16 July 2005; and (b) has it been completed; if not, why not.

(2) (a) Was public comment sought on a scoping process for the National Environmental Significance (NES) review between 1 April 2005 and 2 May 2005; (b) how many submissions were received; (c) from whom; and (d) why have they not been made public.

(3) (a) Why, after 10 months, has no draft NES review report been produced; (b) when will it be available; and (c) when will the entire review be completed.

(4) (a) Can a list be provided of additional or amended matters of national environmental significance proposed in the submissions to the NES review; and (b) do they include climate change, clearing of native vegetation, water extraction and forestry operations.

(5) Can a list be provided of any other reviews or decisions under the Act which are overdue.