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Monday, 28 April 1980
Page: 1867

Senator Mulvihill asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice on 3 1 March 1 980:

Has the Minister for Primary Industry received any reports from the Australian Forestry Council which disclose the acreages of marginal farming land in each State that have been convened to forests in the last five years.

Senator Scott - The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

No. The matter has been considered from time to time in the past but no agreement was reached on what constitutes marginal farmland. Private land purchased by the State Forest Services and converted to plantations has included fully cleared land, land which although once clear-felled has reverted to varying degrees of forest cover, partly cleared land and land which has never been cleared.

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