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Tuesday, 4 November 2003
Page: 22045

Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 13 October 2003:

(1) Did the Department of Environment and Heritage fund the project known as the “Conservation Overview and Action Plan for Australian Threatened and Potentially Threatened Marine and Estuarine Fishes”.

(2) Following the report on this project, did Environment Australia recommend that the (a) Harrison's dogfish, (b) Southern dogfish, (c) Endeavour dogfish, and (d) Green sawfish be listed as threatened species pursuant to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

(3) Did Ms Anne-Marie Delahunt of Environment Australia advise the Humane Society International on 3 February 2003 that the listing of the Southern dogfish and Endeavour dogfish were both under consideration and say; “I would expect the Minister to make decisions on these listings in the near future.”

(4) Has he made a decision concerning these four species; if not, (a) why not, and (b) when will a decision be made.

Dr Kemp (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) No. These species are still under the consideration of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee).

(3) Yes.

(4) No. These species are still under the consideration of the Committee, and a decision will be made on the eligibility of listing these species when the Committee forwards its advice to the Minister.