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Thursday, 17 September 2015
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Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (12:11): Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to make a short statement on bilbies.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FIFIELD: Frank Manthey should be congratulated on his efforts to promote bilby conservation. He recently attended the threatened species summit hosted by the Minister for the Environment. At the summit, Minister Hunt announced a target to turn around the trajectory of 20 mammals by 2020. The bilby was named as one of these priority mammals. Also announced at the summit was an investment of over $6.6 million towards threatened species recovery. This includes projects to help bilbies through controlling feral cats in South Australia and establishing a 100,000 hectare feral-free area at Newhaven wildlife sanctuary in the Northern Territory.

Question agreed to.