Native Vegetation Legislation

The Hon. PAUL GREEN: My question without notice is addressed to the Minister for Ageing, and Minister for Disability Services, representing the Minister for the Environment. Given that the new native vegetation regulations require ministerial approval to order any ground-cover species as feral native species, can the Minister confirm whether cropped land which is now revegetated by native grass to more than 50 per cent will have a prohibition against further cropping? Can the Minister confirm also whether the changes in regulations reflect the Government’s commitment and promise to reduce the Christmas tapeā€”that is the red and green tape?

The Hon. JOHN AJAKA: I thank the honourable member for his question, which I will direct to the Minister for the Environment for a response.