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Tillegra Dam (Question No. 221)

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 26 November 2010:
(1) Is the Minister aware of the proposal for the Tillegra Dam, north of the New South Wales city of Newcastle.
(2) Is the Minister aware that no sustainable diversion limit has been set for the Hunter River system in New South Wales.

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Bledisloe Boulevard and Harbourlights Way (Question No. 194)

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 11 November 2010: With reference to Bledisloe Boulevard and Harbourlights Way, Lots 812 and 813 which have been identified by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Queensland, as one of its upcoming significant development applications: Is the Minister aware of this development; if so:

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Australia out of step as UK reviews deepwater drilling

The Australian Greens have expressed support for a ruling in the UK High Court which will see a judicial review of their Government’s decision to grant deepwater drilling licences off the Shetland coast.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Marine spokesperson says the reasons behind the ruling highlight concerns about the Australian Government’s decision to allow exploration in deep water in the Great Australian Bight.

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National Water Commission

Environment and Communications - 22 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—I have some questions that I think might belong here rather than with the commission, so I will try them out. I am interested in the future role of the National Water Commission. I understand that the commission’s term is up fairly shortly; is that correct?

Mr Slatyer—Yes, under the National Water Commission Act that act terminates on 30 June 2012.

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Native vegetation on private land

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—I understand you have started a project called drivers and barriers to the management of native vegetation on private land.

Mr Glyde—Correct.

Senator SIEWERT—I cannot find it very easily. Where would I find the details about that particular project?

Mr Morris—The project is still underway. It was one, I believe, contracted to us from the sustainable resource management area of the department. But if you would like a copy of the terms of reference—

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Dieback threat abatement plan

Environment and Communications Committee - Monday 21 February 2011

CHAIR—I now call on officers from the department in relation to program 1.2, Environmental regulation, information and research.
Senator SIEWERT—Could I ask about the dieback threat abatement plan and where that is up to?

Mr Oxley—Yes. The department is still in the process of reviewing options for a renewal or an updating of the threat abatement plan that was disallowed by the Senate back in November 2009.

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Christmas Island Declining Biodiversity

Environment and Communications Committee - Monday 21 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—Thanks. I want to move on to Christmas Island. I want to go to the expert working group and the release of the report and then the implementation of its recommendations and find where that is up to. Then I want to ask a few specific questions.

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PTTEP not ready to take on new leases – Greens

The Australian Greens said today the Federal Minister for the Environment should reject a request from PTTEP Australasia to begin two new drilling projects off Australia's northern coast.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Marine spokesperson says there are still strong doubts about PTTEP's ability to operate safely in Australian waters in the wake of the Montara oil spill.

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