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Minister’s deadline welcome, but more action needed on Alpine grazing: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt has welcomed an announcement by Minister Burke that he has set a two week deadline for the Victorian government, but says more is needed to protect the Alpine National Park from cattle.

Mr Bandt has introduced a private members bill - Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (Abolition of Alpine Grazing) Bill 2011 - which will deem the Federal Environment Minister to have decided to reject alpine grazing in the National Park, forcing the Victorian government to remove the cattle.

"My bill will abolish cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park. I'm perhaps the first person to introduce a Bill and hope it won't need to be passed."

"I glad that we are finally seeing some action from the Minister on getting cattle out of the Alpine National Park, but more needs to be done," Adam Bandt said today.

"The Department has been asking for information from the Victorian government for weeks. There is no reason to think any more will be forthcoming."

"The Minister has the power to act and he should use it."

"I will wait to see what he does in two weeks time, but if the Minister still fails to act I will."

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