QUESTIONS ON NOTICE
(Question No. 1400)
Senator Milne (Tasmania) asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 29 November 2005:
What progress has been made in relation to the Tasmanian Greens' nomination for listing of the Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) as vulnerable under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Senator Ian Campbell (Western Australia-Minister for the Environment and Heritage)-The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:
The nomination for the Tasmanian Devil is currently under consideration by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee. It is normal practice for the Committee to seek and examine expert and public comment on nominations prior to making a recommendation. I am expecting the Committee's advice once this process has been completed.
Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 the Committee has twelve months from the date of receipt of a nomination in which to advise me.