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Friday, 19 October 1984
Page: 2041


Senator MACKLIN(9.28) —I have circulated a whole series of amendments and, with the leave of the Senate, I propose to move them in the following blocks: 1; 2; 3, 4, 5 and 6; 7, 9 and 17; 8 and 15; 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14; 16; and 18 and 19.

Leave granted.


Senator MACKLIN —I move:

1. Page 2, sub-clause 2 (1), definition of 'Council', line 12, leave out ' Agricultural', insert 'Environment'.

At the moment the overarching body dealing with this matter is the Australian Agricultural Council which is made up of agriculture Ministers from each State. The proposal is that essentially the width of problems to be dealt with is not only of concern to agriculture and it would therefore seem that the Australian Environment Council-a body made up of the environment Ministers from each State and the Commonwealth-would be the more appropriate body to use. At present that Council has very good environmentalists on it, for example, the Premier of Queensland. So I do not think that it would necessarily be seen as a radical group or what the Minister referred to as thongs and brown rice. The proposal illustrates the width of the problems that have been raised even in the second reading debate speeches of so many honourable senators here, such that it may be better to look at the environment as a whole rather than simply one element, that is, agriculture.