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Notice given 22 June 2007

3396  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—With reference to the announcement of the Government’s intention to spend $200 million over 5 years in avoided deforestation, and in particular to Indonesia:

(1) Will any of the funding be directed to protecting the existing forest habitats of fauna such as macaques, slow loris, gibbons, probiscis monkeys, tarsiers, sun bears, the flat headed cat, leopard cat, marbled cat, clouded leopard, Asian golden cat, Sumatran tiger and Bornean bay cat.


 (2) What action will the Minister take to assist the Indonesian Government to prevent the clearing of forest habitat for palm oil plantations.

(3) Will additional funds be allocated to raise public awareness, both in Indonesia and Australia, of the loss of tropical forests as a result of conversion to palm oil plantations.

(4) Will the Minister ensure that any palm oil imported to Australia for use in biofuel or any other commercial product is certified and labelled accordingly.

(5) (a) What funding is being directed to the Natural Fuels Biodiesel Facility in the Northern Territory; (b) where is the palm oil sourced; and (c) have plantations been converted to palm oil plantations for biodiesel production at this plant.

3398  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—Given that the Heart Foundation has concerns over the health effects of palm oil, due to the fact that it is a saturated fat, and in particular the potential risk of heart disease, what action is being taken to ensure more stringent labelling of products containing palm oil.