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Wednesday, 29 June 1994
Page: 2202


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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes:

    (i)with great concern, the reported statements of the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Gareth Evans) that Australia may refuse to take on greenhouse gas commitments if the economic impact on Australia was too high,

     (ii)that the industrial world as a whole has cut the amount of energy used per unit of economic output by about 30 per cent in the past 20 years while for the same period Australia has improved efficiency by only 5 per cent and has even failed to implement `no regrets' efficiency measures, and

    (iii)that if Australia fails to move towards greater energy efficiency that failure will have disastrous long-term effects on the competitiveness of Australian industry in the world economy; and

  (b)calls on the Australian Government to immediately implement measures for a least cost planning approach in relation to our energy needs which incorporates demand management, energy conservation, energy efficiency and co-generation and the appropriate use of renewable energy sources in order to provide the best outcome for both the economy and the environment.