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The Australian Greens welcomed this evening's launch of the Friends of SBS by praising the broadcaster as "a vital service bringing Australians of diverse backgrounds together".
Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said SBS is an important cultural institution and deserves adequate public funding.
"SBS was the first multicultural broadcaster established in the world. Today SBS radio transmits in a different language every hour and more than seven million viewers watch SBS TV in 63 languages every week.
"SBS radio and television services are broadcast in more languages than any other network in the world. It is a service of which all Australians can be immensely proud.
26 Aug 2011
Question No. 715
Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, in writing, on 29 June 2011:
In regard to the Horizontal Waterfalls of the Kimberley, Western Australia:
(1) Are the environmental and/or cultural values of the Horizontal Waterfalls and surrounds currently being assessed for heritage listing by the Minister.
(2) Would any proposed exploration, clearing or mining in the Horizontal Waterfalls area require federal environmental assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act).
(3) Are there any reasons why environmentally sensitive areas in the immediate vicinity of the Horizontal Waterfalls, including near-coastal habitats of Poulton Creek and Cyclone Creek, would be exempt from requiring a clearing permit.
(4) Can the department confirm that the proposed exploration area by Pegasus Metals Limited is adjacent to environmentally sensitive near-coastal areas around the Horizontal Waterfalls, which include Poulton Creek and Cyclone Creek.
(5) Has Pegasus Metals referred to the Minister any of the following in relation to their Horizontal Falls tenements:
(a) exploratory/preparatory work plans;
(b) any mining plans, including the clearing of native vegetation; or
(c) details of possible impacts on listed species/communities;
if so, can details be provided; if not, will the Minister call in the proposal (under the Act) given the significance of the Horizontal Waterfalls and surrounds.
(6) Can the department confirm whether Pegasus Metals flew fuel and heavy equipment into the Horizontal Waterfalls area during May 2011.
19 Aug 2011
Senate Question No. 690
Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, in writing, on 15 June 2011:
(1) What contingency planning has been undertaken by the department to deal with the reduction in funding for heritage core tasks such as identifying heritage places and providing statutory protection advice.
(2) What full-time equivalent staff numbers are being considered in contingency planning by the department to deal with the reduction in funding for heritage.
(3) What number of National Heritage assessments is being considered for the 2011-12 financial year, given cuts in the department's human and economic
Senator Conroy: The Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has provided the following answer to the honourable Senator's question:
(1) The department has undertaken an extensive planning and transition process in order to ensure the maintenance of its core heritage responsibilities.