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Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Page: 1506
Senator BOB BROWN (Tasmania —Leader of the Australian Greens) [5:04 PM] —I move:

   That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 June 2011, with effect from the first day of sitting of 2011:

The status, health and sustainability of Australia’s koala population, with particular reference to:

(a)   the iconic status of the koala and the history of its management;

(b)   estimates of koala populations and the adequacy of current counting methods;

(c)   knowledge of koala habitat;

(d)   threats to koala habitat such as logging, land clearing, poor management, attacks from feral and domestic animals, disease, roads and urban development;

(e)   the listing of the koala under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999;

(f)   the adequacy of the National Koala Conservation and Management Strategy;

(g)   appropriate future regulation for the protection of koala habitat;

(h)   interaction of state and federal laws and regulations; and

(i)   any other related matters.

Question agreed to.