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Notice given 12 December 2006

2942  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—With reference to the Minister’s statement on 7 December 2006 that item 189 of the Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2006 will not apply to the Gunns Ltd owned pulp mill because the Minister has already made a controlled action decision in relation to the pulp mill (Senate Hansard , 7 December 2006, p. 136):

(1) Can the Minister confirm that item 189: (a) does not apply to the Gunns pulp mill, given that the Minister has not yet made a decision to approve or refuse to approve the taking of the action (namely Gunns pulp mill); and (b) will apply to future developments such as pulp mills, wood-fired power stations and charcoal plants.

(2) Are the proponents of the Gunns pulp mill required, under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 , to assess the impacts on listed threatened species of forestry operations necessary to supply wood for the pulp mill.