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Wednesday, 27 August 1997
Page: 5821


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

That the Senate—

(a)   notes:

   (i)   the recommendation of the Minister for the Environment (Senator Hill) to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Mr Anderson) whether or not to allow uranium mining at Jabiluka in the region of Kakadu National Park, which has not been released publicly,

   (ii)   the expectation of the environmental movement that the Jabiluka mine will be approved with token environmental conditions attached,

   (iii)   the recommendation of the judge hearing the Gundjehmi court challenge to the legality of the Jabiluka lease that the Minister should await the outcome of the court case before making a decision to approve the Jabiluka mine, and

   (iv)   the fact that Gundjehmi Aboriginal Corporation, Australian Conservation Foundation and a number of environmental organisations have written to the World Heritage Committee asking that Kakadu National Park be placed in the category of World Heritage in Danger, due to the prospects of increased uranium mining in the region of Kakadu National Park; and

(b)   calls on the Government to:

   (i)   delay its final decision on uranium mining in Kakadu National Park until legal challenges are resolved, and

   (ii)   refuse to allow uranium mining to go ahead on environmental, social, health, indigenous and security grounds and to refuse the granting of export licenses to Energy Resources of Australia Ltd for the purpose of uranium mining at Jabiluka.