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Monday, 10 October 1994
Page: 1323

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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes, with alarm, that an exotic species of worm, about 50 centimetres in length, which was introduced by ballast water into Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay, has now been discovered in Cockburn Sound near Perth;

  (b)expresses grave concern that the worm, which already covers approximately 500 square kilometres of sea floor in Port Phillip Bay, has the potential to spread out of control along the southern coast of Australia due to the discharge of ballast water from domestic sea traffic;

  (c)endorses a comment made by Mr Dick Martin from the Centre for Research on Introduced Marine Pests in Hobart, that `the discovery in Cockburn Sound is the beginning of the worst-case scenario that it may have spread'; and

  (d)calls on the Commonwealth Government, the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, State Governments and the shipping and fishing industries to respond with greater urgency to this growing crisis in our marine environment.