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Notice given 13 September 2012

2160  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to the answer provided to question no. EW0292_13, taken on notice during the 2012-13 Budget estimates hearing of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee: Was the final version of the answer to question on notice no. 1728 (Senate Hansard , 10 May 2012, p. 3311) the same as that drafted by the department.

2163  Senator Waters: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the enforceable undertaking entered into by Coppercats Pty Ltd and Gallivantour Super Pty Ltd:

(1) What process arrived at the $80 400 payment to be made by the companies due to the clearing of 67 000 square meters of ringtail possum and Carnaby’s cockatoo habitat.

(2) Was the total expected revenue and/or profit from the sale of the land taken into account when determining the $80 400 payment; if so, how was this total determined.

(3) Is like-for-like habitat available and in need of protection within the relevant region; if so, how much of this land could be secured for $80 400.

(4) Is land available that is suitable for rehabilitation and/or revegetation within the relevant region; if so, how much of this land could be secured for $80 400.

(5) Can estimates be provided by the department of the:

(a) average time usually taken for proposed activities involving the clearing of habitat that is expected to have a significant impact on nationally listed species; and

(b) average cost to proponents of the environmental impact assessment process in situations such as this.

(6) Where the clearing of habitat is approved subject to the proponent securing appropriate offsets:

(a) what is the standard process undertaken by the department in order to determine an appropriate offset; and

(b) approximately, what would be deemed an appropriate offset for the clearing of 67 000 square metres, where that land is considered to be ‘strategic’ in that it provides both foraging habitat and critical linkages across the landscape for two nationally listed species.

(7) Can examples be provided of recent offset conditions that have been set by the Minister or department, including information on the quality of habitat lost, the offset ratio and quality of offset to be secured, including where possible the estimated costs to the proponent of securing these offsets.