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Wednesday, 9 February 2005
Page: 153

Senator Allison asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 16 November 2004:

With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 3097 regarding use of live munitions in military exercises and the effects on the marine environment:

(1)   Will the Minister provide a copy of the environmental management plan and environmental impact assessment for activities in the Shoalwater Bay area.

(2)   With reference to the answer to part (5) of question on notice no. 3097:  (a) would foreign armed forces be required to refer for assessment any nuclear actions that may have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance; and (b) do foreign or Australian armed forces have plans to undertake any activities which may constitute nuclear actions in operational exercises within Australia.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   Yes, this information has been forwarded separately to your office.

(2) (a)   Yes. (b) No.