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Preface

On 26 March 2003 the Senate agreed to the recommendation of the Selection of Bills Committee in its Report No. 4 of 2003 that the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002 be referred to the Environment Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 25 November 2003.

It was subsequently agreed that there was merit in a more comprehensive examination of the general topic of the regulation, control and management of invasive species, and accordingly on 26 June 2003 the Senate agreed to refer the Bill to the Environment Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee for examination in conjunction with a broad inquiry into invasive species with the following terms of reference:

(1) The regulation, control and management of invasive species, being non-native flora and fauna that may threaten biodiversity, with particular reference to:

(a) the nature and extent of the threat that invasive species pose to the Australian environment and economy;

(b) the estimated cost of different responses to the environmental issues associated with invasive species, including early eradication, containment, damage mitigation and inaction, with particular focus on:

the following pests:

  1. (A)  European fox (Vulpes vulpes),
  2. (B)  yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes),
  3. (C)  fire ant (Solenopsis invicta),
  4. (D)  cane toad (Bufo marinus), and
  5. (E)  feral cat (Felis catus) and pig (Sus scrofa), and

the following weeds:

  1. (A)  mimosa (Mimosa pigra),
  2. (B)  serrated tussock (Nassella trichotoma),
  3. (C)  willows (Salix spp.),
  4. (D)  lantana (Lantana camara),
  5. (E)  blackberry (Rubus fruticosus agg.), and
  6. (F)  parkinsonia (Parkinsonia aculeata);

(c) the adequacy and effectiveness of the current Commonwealth, state and territory statutory and administrative arrangements for the regulation and control of invasive species;

(d) the effectiveness of Commonwealth-funded measures to control invasive species; and

(e) whether the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002 could assist in improving the current statutory and administrative arrangements for the regulation, control and management of invasive species.

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