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Notice given 24 October 2006

2591  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1882 (Senate Hansard , 10 October 2006, p. 99):

 

 (1) (a) In what way is the work of the Centre for Nanostructured Electromaterials related to solar energy; and (b) what proportion of its $7.3 million grant is related to solar energy.

(2) (a) In what way is the work of the Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science related to solar energy; and (b) what proportion of its $12 million grant is related to solar energy.

(3) (a) Why is the $8.6 million government contribution for the global minerals research program, awarded on the advice of the Australian Research Council, not included in the list of fossil fuel projects; and (b) are any other equivalent projects not listed.

2592  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) Will upper catchments be given high protection status in the Tasmanian Giant Freshwater Crayfish Recovery Plan 2005-2009.

(2) Will the recovery plan define a 30 metre buffer as the minimum buffer for any stream class within the habitat of the giant freshwater crayfish.

(3) Will the 30 000 hectares identified as key habitat by the recovery team members (as identified in a specific map) be placed into the permanent (formal reserve) Tasmanian reserve system.

(4) Is the Black River catchment in northern Tasmania, the most important habitat for the giant freshwater crayfish, in need of protection.

(5) (a) How many 30 metre buffer zones have been placed in logging coupes to protect the habitat of the Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish; and (b) can the Minister confirm the specific areas, by map, where these buffer zones have been placed.

(6) How many individuals have been: (a) apprehended by the Tasmanian Inland Fisheries Service and Tasmanian Police for giant freshwater crayfish poaching; and (b) prosecuted for this offence.

2593  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the Commonwealth’s decision of 23 April 2003 revoking its original decision that the proposed upgrading of the Arthur River Road in northwest Tasmania was a ‘controlled action’ under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the fact that the Commonwealth appears to have decided that the upgrade was not a controlled action on the basis that it would be carried out in a particular manner pursuant to section 77A of the Act (the manner in which the upgrade was to be undertaken is specified in the conditions attached to the decision of 23 April 2003):

(1) Given that section 77A of the Act provides for heavy fines for a person taking an action that is inconsistent with the manner specified by the Minister or the Minister’s delegate, why are there six unimplemented conditions.

(2) In what timeframe will the conditions attached to the decision of 23 April 2003 be implemented.