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Notice given 14 August 2006

490  Senator Bartlett: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) alarming rates of deforestation are occurring in south east Asia and the Pacific region through illegal and unsustainable logging practices,

(ii) unsustainable management of natural resources will have long-term negative economic, environmental and social consequences for countries in which  illegal logging is occurring,

(iii) illegal trade of forest timber contributes to corruption, money laundering, organised crime and human rights abuses, and threatens the viability of responsible companies that want to invest in sustainable practices,

(iv) there is a widespread presence of suspected illegal timber from Papua New Guinea and Indonesia in Australia,

(v) the Government had committed to addressing the problem prior to the 2004 Election and has since reaffirmed this commitment, and

(vi) voluntary approaches to dealing with illegal timber and wood product imports will be neither fast enough nor effective enough; and

 

 (b) calls on the Government to:

(i) immediately legislate to stop the importation of illegal timber and wood products into Australia, and

(ii) phase in over 2 years a requirement for only timber and wood products from credibly certified sources to be imported.