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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
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Question No. 513


Mr Connolly asked the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice, on 14 September 1983:

(1) Which States have accepted the draft national conservation strategy for Australia.

(2) When will the Interim Consultative Committee for the strategy be established.

(3) What will be (a) the staffing and costs; (b) the terms of reference for the Committee, and (c) its membership.

(4) Can the Committee be established before all States and the Northern Territory accept the strategy.

(5) What relationship will the Committee have with the Australian Environment Council and the Council of Nature Conservation Ministers.


Mr Cohen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) All States and the Northern Territory are at present considering the document 'A National Conservation Strategy for Australia proposed by a Conference held in Canberra June 1983'.

(2) The Interim Consultative Committee is expected to be established as soon as possible.

(3) (a) The Interim Consultative Committee will be supported by a small secretariat within the Department of Home Affairs and Environment and the costs will mainly relate to meetings of the Committee.

(b) The terms of reference are at present being developed.

(c) The Interim Consultative Committee will involve the participation of government, industry, research, educational and community interests.

(4) Yes.

(5) There will be close liaison between the Committee and the Australian Environment Council and the Council of Nature Conservation Ministers.