Tuesday, 2 September 2014
I, and also on behalf of Senator Ludlam, move:
That the Senate—
(i) That the '2014 Great Cocky Count' report by Birdlife Australia and Western Australia's Department of Parks and Wildlife has estimated the rate of decline of the Carnaby's cockatoo in the Perth and Peel region at 15 per cent per year,
(ii) That the Carnaby's cockatoo is listed as an endangered species under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and in Western Australia under the state's Wildlife Conservation Act, and
(iii) the specific threats to the Carnaby's Cockatoo by ongoing clearing of the Gnangara pine plantation and clearing of native vegetation on the Swan Coastal Plain; and
(b) calls on the Minister for the Environment (Mr Hunt) to require a specific, detailed environmental assessment of the impacts of the clearing being undertaken of the Gnangara pine plantation and of native vegetation on the Swan Coastal Plain.
The Minister for the Environment is aware of the report by BirdLife Australia and the concerns regarding the clearing of native vegetation. The minister is currently considering the report and other information provided to him. The minister will not pre-empt any decision under national environmental law.
Question agreed to.