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Thursday, 5 February 2009
Page: 541

Senator Cormann asked the Minister for Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 18 December 2008:

With reference to the following statement taken from the White Paper, Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme: Australia’s low pollution future, (December 2008, p. xxix), ‘The Government will facilitate the participation of Indigenous land managers in carbon markets and will consult with Indigenous Australians on forestry and other opportunities under the Scheme’:

(1)   Will a distinct set of rules be established for Indigenous land owners as compared to non-Indigenous land owners, particularly in regard to lease-hold land.

(2)   Where does the ownership of sequestered carbon lie in relation to: (a) lease-hold land; (b) land held under native title arrangements; and (c) land jointly held under lease-hold and native title.

Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   My Department is currently considering rules for all land owners, including Indigenous land owners, in regard to lease-hold land.


(a)   In the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) White Paper, the Government outlined its position that landholders, certain leaseholders and carbon property rights holders will be able to apply to become accredited forest entities under the Scheme. Participation by these entities in the CPRS will be subject to them meeting certain requirements. Details of these requirements will be developed in consultation with stakeholders and outlined in the exposure draft to be released at the end of February 2009.

(b)   & (c) These issues are currently being investigated by my Department.