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Wednesday, 26 November 1986
Page: 2737

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

That the Senate-

(a) notes with concern the Australian mining industry's persistent attempts to undermine the Federal Government's attempts to list stage II of Kakadu National Park on the World Heritage List;

(b) objects to the inappropriate promotion of this as a sop to the left wing within the Australian Labor Party (ALP) following the resumption of uranium sales to France because there are hundreds of thousands of other Australians outside the Australian Labor Party genuinely concerned about Kakadu's status;

(c) reaffirms the need to preserve all stages of Kakadu free from the ravages of mining;

(d) notes that there is no point in declaring any part of Australia as a national park if mining companies are going to be allowed to take out exploration leases therein; and

(e) expresses concern that uranium mining in Kakadu, which is what this argument is all about, is morally indefensible on any grounds.