Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (14:17): My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Senator Conroy. I ask about the recent sightings of one adult and three baby bilbies at the site of the proposal for the James Price Point gas hub, which is prime habitat for the bilby. Bilbies are acknowledged as a vulnerable species by both the WA and federal governments, yet Woodside has begun clearing on this site. Does the uncontrolled clearing through this area contravene the government’s own bilby recovery plan, and has the minister asked his department to consider this evidence in light of that recovery plan and the EPBC approvals process?
Just pick up the damn bilbies and move them. How hard can that be?
The Bilby is a small animal that is native only to Australia. They are around one to two feet in length and weigh between two and five pounds, and ar similar in size to the introduced rabbit. They have a long, whip like tail and long ears with silky fur. They are an endangered animal.
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