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Monday, 19 September 1994
Page: 892


Senator WOODLEY —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)supports the comments made by the former Prime Minister, Mr Gough Whitlam, that the World Heritage wilderness of Hinchinbrook Island should be protected and that the Government should think very carefully before reaching any decision on the area;

  (b)notes that:

    (i)the letter of agreement signed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Queensland Office of Coordinator General states that there will be `full public disclosure of all information relating' to the Port Hinchinbrook development, and

    (ii)the Department of Environment, Sport and Territories, in its portfolio response to the Queensland Environment Review Report states that `We believe the management agreement should be based on . . . public consultation and the document should be publicly available'; and

  (c)calls on the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner) to release the Peter Valentine report into world heritage values and the deed of agreement, in keeping with these two documents, prior to the Minister making a decision on the development.