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Notice given 25 September 2003

2172  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Has Basslink Pty Ltd prepared a code of conduct for commercial and recreational fishing activities, as is required for approval of the Basslink project; if so; (a) has the code been approved; and (b) can a copy of the code be provided.

(2) With which fishing groups and individuals did the proponents consult when developing the code.

(3) If consultations did not include Gippsland fisher’s such as those from Yarram, McLaughlin’s Beach and Lakes Entrance, why were these groups not consulted.