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ENVIRONMENT—VICTORIA—MOUNTAIN ASH FORESTS

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 453—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the findings of Professor Brendan Mackey, Professor David Lindenmayer and Dr Heather Keith of the Australian National University that Victoria's Eucalyptus regnans (mountain ash) forests are the most carbon dense on Earth; and

 (b) calls on the Government to inform the Senate by 24 June 2009:

  (i) whether the report has validity,

  (ii) what government measures are being taken or considered to protect Eucalyptus regnans forests in Australia that are currently targeted for logging,

  (iii) what area and volume of such forests are available for logging under current planning regimes, and

  (iv) whether ending native forest and woodland removal in Australia would reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by 10 to 20 per cent.

Statements by leave: The Special Minister of State (Senator Ludwig) and Senator Bob Brown, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed. All Government senators, by leave, recorded their votes for the noes.