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Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Page: 6117


Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (15:36): Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator SIEWERT: I want to reiterate what I spoke about at length in the chamber last night, and that is: these footprints are probably going to prove to be some of the most important trackways and dinosaur footprints on this earth. We are talking about footprints that were left 130 million years ago. Some of these footprints have been left by what are now thought to be some of the biggest dinosaurs that ever walked this earth. The connection between these footprints and Aboriginal culture is also unique in the world. The government is continually saying, 'It's not our problem.' It is, because these are so important. This project should be rejected on the basis of these footprints alone, besides anything else—the marine environment, of course, and the rest of the terrestrial environment. It is not good enough for this government to wash its hands of this issue and to say that it is a state responsibility. (Time expired)

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Siewert be agreed to.