Senate debates

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Questions without Notice


2:57 pm

Photo of Stephen ConroyStephen Conroy (Victoria, Australian Labor Party, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) Share this | Hansard source

Minister Burke is advised that the Australian Heritage Council has completed its assessment and will recommend that the Tarkine be inscribed on the National Heritage List. The report will include a recommended boundary and place report. Minister Burke does not anticipate that the council will recommend a blanket listing of the Tarkine. Once Minister Burke receives the assessment, he will consider it and the comments received from the council very carefully. Minister Burke may seek further information and advice before making a decision. A National Heritage listing of the Tarkine would not mean an automatic lockout for development or other activities; rather, it would ensure that the Tarkine's heritage values are given appropriate consideration in statutory decision making. The Tasmanian devil and other listed threatened fauna in the Tarkine area have not been specifically identified as having key National Heritage values in the current public consultation information— (Time expired)


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