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Wednesday, 29 June 1994
Page: 2203


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

  That the Senate—

  (a)recognises that the Crib Point oil terminal proposed for Western Port Bay, which is listed under the Ramsar Convention, would significantly raise the threat of a major oil spill in the bay and could seriously affect wetland values and destroy wildlife, including the Philip Island penguins;

  (b)notes that:

    (i)the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975 contains a Schedule of Agreements between Australia and other countries, which includes the Ramsar Convention, and

    (ii)section 69 of the Act states that regulations can be made to give effect to an agreement in the Schedule and that section 71 allows the Governor-General to make regulations to provide for the protection and conservation of wildlife;

  (c)calls on the Commonwealth to recognise that it can make regulations under the Act in relation to the proposed oil terminal; and

  (d)calls on the Government to seek legal advice from the Attorney-General's Department on the powers of the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner) in relation to the proposal, and to consider implementation of section 11 of the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act 1974.