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Monday, 27 June 1994
Page: 2011

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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) has responded to questions from the Member for Barker (Mr McLachlan) in the House of Representatives on 9 February 1994, 21 February 1994 and 27 June 1994 about pollution at his then half-owned piggery at Parkville, NSW, with the claim that `the pollution in the local ponds came not from any business associated with me . . . and that's the truth of it',

    (ii)this is not the truth of it, and that all the time Mr Keating has been denying his company is a polluter he was aware that his piggery was under investigation for allegedly discharging effluent on two occasions into the Hunter Valley catchment area and the Scone water supply in breach of the Clean Waters Act, and that his own consultants, Camp Scott Furphy Pty Ltd, had admitted the piggery was polluting the environment,

    (iii)the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper of 5 September 1993 reported the northern regional director of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Mr Brian Gilligan, as saying that it had begun preliminary investigations of allegations that waste from the Keating piggery had escaped into the Kingdon Pond's catchment,

    (iv)Mr Gilligan was reported by the Newcastle Morning Herald newspaper in the week beginning 19 June 1994 as saying that Mr Keating's company was made aware at the Parkville piggery environment hearings in 1993 that the EPA was investigating evidence of pollution by the Keating company, so refuting Mr Keating's claim on 27 June 1994 that there had been no communication from the EPA on this matter,

    (v)Mr Keating misled the Parliament when he falsely indicated it had been proven that pollution in the ponds at Parkville had not come from his piggery when he knew of these investigations which have now led to two prosecutions against the proprietors of the Parkville piggery of which Mr Keating was a half-owner at the time; and

  (b)calls on Mr Keating to apologise to the Parliament and the people of Australia not only for his misleading statements about his piggery's environmental damage but also for professing a concern about the environment when his piggery was actively polluting it.