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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Page: 7719

Senator Bob Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 11 August 2009:

Given that the management plan for the endangered swift parrot expired 4 years ago: (a) when will the Government be releasing a new management plan for the swift parrot; (b) why has there been a 4-year delay in implementing a new plan for this endangered species; and (c) how many other endangered species have no current management plan in place.

Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(a)   A draft revised recovery plan for the Swift Parrot is expected to be released for community consultation within the next few months.

(b)   The current recovery plan was due for review in 2007 and remains in place until such time it is varied or revoked. The time taken to comprehensively review and revise the recovery plan has been a function of the need to incorporate very recent information, engage with experts and key stakeholders across the swift parrot’s distribution and obtain endorsement from all five range states.

(c)   All listed species are the subject of either a recovery plan, a recovery plan currently in preparation, or a conservation advice. Two hundred and fifty endangered or critically endangered species are the subject of recovery plans currently in preparation.