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Notice given 7 May 2007

3188  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—

(1) Has the department received the Tasmanian Government’s options proposal for the ongoing management of healthy Tasmanian devils in the wild, including plans to release them on Tasmanian offshore islands, particularly Maria Island.

(2) In light of concerns raised by community groups, will the department seek public comment on these proposals.

(3) Does the Government agree with proposals to release Tasmanian devils on various offshore islands.

(4) Does the Government consider the island release option an essential part of the long-term recovery plan for the Tasmanian devil in the wake of the transmissible facial tumour disease.

(5) What ongoing assistance is the Government offering to the research effort into devil facial tumour disease and for ongoing efforts to safeguard the species survival in the wild.

3192  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 2717, what conclusions has the Civil Aviation Safety Authority reached about the adequacy of its oversight of Transair Pty Ltd.