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Wednesday, 10 October 1984
Page: 1609

(Question No. 1142)

Senator Reynolds asked the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice, on 12 September 1984:

(1) Can the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment report on the progress of procedures involved in the assessment of the environmental impact statement for the Total mining company's proposed uranium mine at Ben Lomond.

(2) Is the company boasting publicly that this mine will proceed in 1987; if so is this confidence justified in view of:

(a) present Government policy on the mining and export of uranium; and

(b) community doubts regarding the impact of such mining on the Burdekin Catchment.

Senator Ryan —The Minister for Home Affairs and Environment has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) On 25 November 1980, the then Minister for Home Affairs and Environment directed the preparation and submission to him of an environmental impact statement (EIS) with respect to the proposal by Total Mining Australia Ltd to mine and process uranium ore from its Ben Lomond project near Townsville in Queensland. The Ben Lomond Project draft EIS was released for public review from 14 November 1983 to 27 January 1984. No final EIS has yet been received from the Company.

(2) I understand that Total Mining Australia Pty Ltd proposes to present the final EIS on the Ben Lomond project in the next few weeks. It is announced Government policy not to permit the export of uranium from mines other than Olympic Dam in South Australia and Nabarlek and Ranger in the Northern Territory .