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Wednesday, 5 September 1984
Page: 437


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

That the Senate notes-

(a) that since European occupancy of Australia three-quarters of this nation's rainforests have been destroyed forever;

(b) that all remaining rainforest in Australia covers only 0.25 per cent of the total landmass and could be grouped into a circle of 70 kilometres in diameter and in doing so:

(i) condemns the Queensland State Government and the Douglas Shire Council for the construction of a road through the Cape Tribulation National Park, an area listed on the National Estate because of its unique heritage value as the largest area of coastal rainforest in Australia,

(ii) condemns the preposterous suggestion of the Opposition spokesperson on the environment that a private environmental company be set up to buy the Daintree rainforest as contrary to the fact that the unique heritage of Australia is a priceless community resource totally unsuitable for private sale, and

(iii) calls on the Federal Government to act now in accordance with the power it already has to proclaim immediately the Daintree region as part of Australia' s natural heritage and subject to Federal protection so as to immediately halt the gross vandalism being committed on a rare and diminishing national asset.