Senate debates

Thursday, 30 March 2006

Questions without Notice

Christmas Island Mining

2:28 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell. I refer to phosphate mining operations on Christmas Island, which were allowed to continue in 1991 on the clear condition that they would never be allowed to clear more rainforest. Can the minister confirm that the mining company Phosphate Resources Ltd has recently conducted unauthorised clearing within the Christmas Island National Park? If so, what area is involved and what action does the minister intend to take against the company?

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