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ENVIRONMENT—AUSTRALIAN FOREST COVER—MAPS—ORDER FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Senator Milne, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 627—

 (1) That the Senate:

  (a) recalls that:

   (i) the return to order motion moved on 16 September 2009 seeking a map of Australian forest cover (using the Kyoto definition of forest) for each year since 1990, at the highest available resolution, in any widely used GIS format, to be tabled by 26 October 2009, was supported, and

   (ii) the Government tabled a response which said `The Government is pursuing this matter however we are currently unable to satisfy the timeline for the production of these documents owing to the inter-departmental consultations that the order has required'; and

  (b) notes that:

   (i) 9 weeks have now passed since the motion was supported, and

   (ii) scrutiny of the forest cover maps is essential for consideration of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme bills.

 (2) That there be laid on the table, no later than 4 pm on 19 November 2009, a map of Australian forest cover (using the Kyoto definition of forest) for each year since 1990, at the highest available resolution, in any widely used GIS format.

Question put and passed.