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Additional Estimates Feb 2012- Questions for SEWPaC on the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy & migratory species

Transcript from 13 Feb Additional Estimates session with SEWPaC

Senator WATERS: My question goes to the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, so I am not sure who is the best person to answer that. One of the targets is that by 2015 we will have a national increase of 600,000 square kilometres of native habitat managed primarily for biodiversity conservation, which is wonderful. How is that progressing? How much of that target have we got to go and how much have we achieved to date?

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Additional Senate Estimates February 12-Larissa's questions to the GBR Marine Park Authority

Larissa Waters 15 Feb 2012

Transcript from 13 Feb where Larissa asks questions of the  Chairman and Chief Executive of GBRMPA about a strategic assessment of the Reef, dredging in Gladstone Harbour & increased shipping

Senator WATERS: Thank you, Chair. Thank you Dr Reichelt. I have a few questions here and I will try to get through as many as I can. I am assuming GBRMPA has been involved in drafting or at least assisting with drafting the terms of reference for that strat assessment?

Dr Reichelt: Yes.

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Value of Great Barrier Reef ecosystem services

Larissa Waters 14 Feb 2012

Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications Legislation Committee
Answers to questions on notice
Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities portfolio
Additional Budget Estimates, February 2012

Senator Waters asked:
1. Has the Department (or GBRMPA) undertaken or commissioned any assessment of the value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area’s ecosystem services?

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Shipping in the Great Barrier Reef

Larissa Waters 23 Dec 2011

Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications Legislation Committee
Answers to questions on notice
Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities portfolio
Supplementary Budget Estimates, October 2011

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Government refuses to stop Great Barrier Reef destruction

Larissa Waters 9 Nov 2011

Both the Government and the Coalition bowed to the whims of the fossil fuel industries today, in voting down a Greens’ motion to suspend dredging and development in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef until the cumulative impacts of the mass dredging projects can be properly assessed.

There was public outrage at the damage to the Reef from coal and coal seam gas ports exposed by Four Corners this week, with more than 40,000 people already signing a petition to save the Reef.

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