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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Tuesday, February 27

Market access for kangaroo products

Senator RHIANNON: I have some questions about kangaroo products in relation to overseas and local markets. What are you telling your trading partners with regard to kangaroo exports—and also local markets— with regard to the mass mortality events that have been occurring in kangaroo populations since 2016?

CHAIR: I didn't hear the last part of your question. I'm interested in this obviously.

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Agriculture and Water Resources Portfolio: Australian Wool innovation Limited

Tuesday, February 27

Mulesing and AWI Ltd

Senator RHIANNON: I want to go back to the issue of proxy votes. While we've been sitting here, I looked at the terms of reference that were circulated and I noted that No. 6 covers the handling of proxies. But I want to clarify that your situation remains that proxies under your constitution allow the person who is holding those proxies not to follow the shareholders' instructions. Does that remain the situation?

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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Monday, 26 February

Yerriyong motorcycling complex

Senator RHIANNON: My questions concern a development down in the Shoalhaven area—the Yerriyong motorcycling complex. There was $10 million secured in a grant for this complex. I wanted to ask some questions about it because development had not been given.

Ms Hall: Senator, I think this is actually a regional funding program. It's not infrastructure investment—road and rail.

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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee: Environment and Energy Portfolio: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Monday, 26 February 2018

Wombats

CHAIR: We now move to program 1.4, Conservation of Australia's heritage and the environment. As noted, we'll start with wombats.

Senator RHIANNON: I understand that in 2016 the southern hairy-nosed wombat's IUCN listing was changed from 'least concern' to 'near-threatened'. I understand that it is legal to kill wombats by bulldozing their burrows. Considering the IUCN listing, are you monitoring the status of wombats, particularly in the South Australian area?

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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee: Environment and Energy Portfolio: Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Monday, 26 February 2018

Kangaroos

CHAIR: Senator Rhiannon.

Senator RHIANNON: I go to kangaroos. How many kangaroos have been shot in Victoria under the so called Kangaroo Pet Food Trial?

Mr Knudson: Unfortunately, I think that would have been for our colleagues earlier today.

Senator RHIANNON: I'll keep going. We haven't got numbers?

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Estimates: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee: Environment and Energy Portfolio: Clean Energy Regulator

Monday, 26 February 2018

PFOS Williamtown

Senator RHIANNON: I have questions about the PFAS and PFOA contamination arising from the use of firefighting contaminants. First off, I'd just like to understand the interactions between the environment department and the New South Wales environment department on this issue.

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