Sep 6, 2006

Questions without notice – Daintree Rainforest

Question without notice – Daintree Rainforest

6 September 2006

Mr ALBANESE (2.53 p.m.)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage. Has the minister seen the full-page advertisement by the Commonwealth funded Australian Rainforest Foundation featuring Peter Cosgrove calling for the buyback of Daintree property, ‘to protect this magnificent rainforest’? Is the minister aware that Lawrence Springborg, the Leader of The Nationals in Queensland, supports additional development rights in the Daintree? Does the minister agree with Peter Cosgrove that the Daintree should be protected or with Lawrence Springborg that the Daintree should be developed?

The SPEAKER—Order! The last part of the question is not necessary.

Mr Albanese—Why?

The SPEAKER—The member was introducing debate.

Mr TRUSS—I am not sure whether the Minister for the Environment and Heritage has seen the advertisement concerned; I have seen the advertisement. I think it is reasonable that we should do what we can to preserve the precious environment in the Daintree and other parts of Queensland. On the other hand, it is also reasonable to undertake development in appropriate places so that we can obtain the commercial benefits associated with tourism and growth in our economy.

Opposition members interjecting—

The SPEAKER—Order! The minister will resume his seat. Has the minister completed his answer? The minister has the call.

Mr TRUSS—The two are not mutually exclusive.