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Thursday, 29 May 1997
Page: 3940

Senator LEES (Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats) —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

   (i)   with only 6 months to go before the Kyoto Climate Summit, Australia is the only industrialised country refusing to support binding greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and one of a handful of countries not supporting uniform targets,

   (ii)   the differentiation proposals put forward by the Government would actually allow Australia, the country with the highest per capita emission levels in the industrialised world, to increase its greenhouse gas emissions above 1990 levels, and

   (iii)   the recently released GIGABARE model, which the Government is using to bolster its embarrassing and irresponsible stand on greenhouse gas emissions, received financial backing from the Australian Aluminium Council, the Electricity Supply Association, BHP, Exxon Corporation, Mobil Oil Australia Ltd, Texaco Corporation, the Business Council of Australia and CRA Limited, amongst others; and

(b)   calls on the Government to commission a truly independent study which takes into account the long-term economic, environmental and social impact of global warming.