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Monday, 12 November 2018
Page: 7765

Senator WHISH-WILSON (Tasmania) (16:28): I, and also on behalf of Senator Hanson-Young, move:

That the following matter be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 29 March 2019:

The impact of seismic testing on fisheries and the marine environment, with particular reference to:

(a) the regulation of seismic testing in both Commonwealth and state waters, and the responsibilities of federal and state governments;

(b) the consultation process regarding the approval of seismic testing;

(c) the extent to which potential impacts are taken into account during the consultation process;

(d) the protections provided by Australian Marine Parks against any potential impacts;

(e) the approach taken to seismic testing internationally;

(f) recent scientific findings; and

(g) any other related matters.

Honourable senators interjecting

Senator WHISH-WILSON: I have convinced Senator Abetz, who is of course a supporter of the fishing industry and would like to see this motion get up.