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

Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. I ask that the minister undertakes to get back to me about the unauthorised clearing. I understand that it would have been done by the same company that is currently seeking approval to expand mining on the island and to overturn the existing moratorium on rainforest clearing on Christmas Island. If the clearing is found to have occurred illegally, would the minister have confidence that this company be trusted to act within conditions imposed on any mining? If so, how can the minister justify this confidence?

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