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Notice given 23 July 2007

3410  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—With reference to the lack of whale sightings in 2007 at Warrnambool, Victoria:

(1) Can the Minister rule out that seismic surveying in the area is responsible.

(2) Was this seismic surveying approved under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 ; if so, under what conditions.

(3) Given the fact that the impacts of seismic surveying on whales are not fully understood and that the guidelines for survey activities are not yet complete or in operation, will the current seismic surveying of the coast of south west Victoria be halted.