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Notice given 2 December 2008

1047  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts—

(1) With reference to the Minister’s media release, ‘North-west marine profile to underpin planning process’, dated 10 November 2008, and the statement that the ‘Marine Bioregional Planning will help ensure that national economic assets such as the oil and gas and commercial fishing industries can prosper and that the impact of any conservation measures on them are minimised’: can an explanation for the meaning of ‘minimised’ in the statement be provided.

(2) Are state waters included in the marine protected areas; if not: (a) why not; and (b) can an explanation be provided of how the network of marine protected areas can ‘truly represent the biodiversity of this region’ without the inclusion of state waters.