632. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the Minister for
My question is
(1) Can the
minister advise the house of what he is doing to ensure that the Environmental
Protection (Environmentally Sensitive Areas)
Notice 2005 is not having a negative effect on land use and land values?
(2) What steps is
the minister taking to implement the recommendations contained in the
forty-first report of the Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for
the question. As ever, I foreshadowed that he would ask a similar question this
afternoon in question time.
this issue was raised in an earlier motion brought before this house by Hon Rick
Mazza. Following that discussion, I sought further advice from my department on
environmentally sensitive areas and on the response to the Standing Committee
on Environment and Public Affairs' forty-first report from the
thirty-ninth Parliament. I have sought that information. To my knowledge, the
issue has not been raised with me before today or since I became Minister for
Environment. Certainly, as a result of today's conversation and debate,
I have asked for advice from my department on this issue.