All Questions Without Notice
14 Aug 2006
My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage.
I refer to reports on the weekend that the Japanese fishing industry has illegally taken $2 billion worth of southern bluefin tuna over the past 20 years. I note that this unreported and illegal catch of between 12,000 and 20,000 tonnes is double or triple Japan's legal quota and that the Bureau of Rural Sciences has classified this species as overfished every year since it began reporting in 1992.
In light of this information, will the minister list the species as threatened under the EPBC Act as advised by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee in September 2005? Will the minister now revoke the wildlife trade operation declaration under the EPBC Act that the fishery is ecologically sustainable?
09 Nov 2005
My question today is to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage. I seek further information on the actions the government intends to take on whaling. I refer to the answer given by the minister yesterday in response to a question by Senator Andrew Bartlett. If the government is not contemplating legal action, can the minister explain what diplomatic and other actions he will be taking to halt the greatly expanded Japanese whaling program?
In particular, I refer to the 14 recommendations provided to the minister by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which include banning any vessels supporting the whaling fleet from access to Australian ports and monitoring and documenting the whaling activity. What actions, if any, is the minister intending to take?
14 Sep 2005
My question is to the Minister for Family and Community Services. Given the unmet need for disability support services acknowledged by the Senate yesterday, and given the Commonwealth's powers as recognised under the CSTDA-
Senator Abetz-What does that stand for?
Senator SIEWERT-for example, section 4.2(b), which obliges the Commonwealth and states to: strengthen across government linkages to ensure access to appropriate services, and improve collaboration and coordination across programs and government, and section 4.2(d) which obliges governments to take a strategic approach to equitable funding to respond to unmet demand, and given the shared roles outlined in section 6(1)(b), (e) and (f), which encourage reform of existing services to achieve objective and policy priorities of the agreement and to fund R&D in the provision of services, does the minister acknowledge that the federal government has a clear mandate under the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement to address unmet need? Can the minister outline what actions she intends to take to meet these unmet needs? Is the Commonwealth prepared to put in more money to make this happen?
The PRESIDENT-Senator, that was a very long question.