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Thursday, 29 May 1997
Page: 3978


Senator LEES (Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats)(12.56 p.m.) —The Democrats now support this legislation as being non-controversial. We developed in consultation with the government a number of amendments to address a precautionary principle and basically the need to take measures which will reduce the by-catch of commercial and non-commercial species and to build a broad community consulting mechanism as we are developing fish management plans.