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Monday, 22 October 1984
Page: 2094


Senator JACK EVANS — I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes the Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, statement to a public rally in Melbourne during the 1983 election campaign that his Government would fund environmentally acceptable and economically efficient projects for Tasmania in lieu of the Franklin Dam;

(b) notes the commitment by the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, Mr Cohen, not to fund further power schemes in Tasmania until a joint study on Tasmanian power needs had been completed by the State and Commonwealth governments;

(c) expresses concern that $200m of the $277m compensation being provided by the Commonwealth to Tasmania is being provided to subsidise power from the King and Anthony hydro-electric power schemes;

(d) notes that King and Anthony hydro-electric schemes fall within areas on the register of the National Estate and should therefore be subject to an inquiry under the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act; and

(e) condemns the Hawke Government's failure to undertake the joint study on power needs and its failure to comply with the provisions of the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act, both of which contradict the Prime Minister's election promise.