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Notice given 3 June 2008

*477  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 272 (Senate Hansard , 13 May 2008, p. 127) regarding the decision to destroy the ancient forest in Weld River coupe WR15F:

(1) What is the Minister’s definition of ‘deforestation’.

(2) (a) On what date was Weld River coupe WR15F fire bombed for a ‘regeneration burn’; and (b) by whom.

(3) Was the burn contained within the planned boundaries.

(4) With what was coupe WR15F regenerated.

(5) (a) What is the current status of the wildlife that was in coupe WR15F before the logging; (b) where did the wildlife go; and (c) what happened to the resident wildlife already in those destinations.

*478  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 272 (Senate Hansard , 13 May 2008, p. 127) regarding the decision to destroy the ancient forest in Weld River coupe WR15F:

(1) Has the Minister flown over or visited the area; if not, why not.

(2) Is the 100 metre buffer adequate to protect the World Heritage Area values from logging, chemical application and fire bombing of coupe WR15F and nearby coupes.

(3) What impact has road construction, logging and burning in coupe WR15F had on wilderness values in the adjacent World Heritage Area.