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Wednesday, 29 June 1994
Page: 2308


Senator CHAMARETTE (3.24 p.m.) —Very briefly, the problem at the Oyster Point resort development appears to be that both the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories, Senator Faulkner, and the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Mr Robert Tickner, may be awaiting the independent report of Dr Peter Valentine on the impact of the Oyster Point resort development on the world heritage values of this unique area. This would not be a problem if Mr Keith Williams, the developer of the project, would observe the same courtesy. Neither would it be a problem if the state government had actually engaged in a proper environmental assessment of this development before it gave its approval.

  I hope that Senator Ian Macdonald, in his comments and interest in the state government's involvement in the extremely hasty and dubious basis on which approval was given, is signalling that he may be willing to support my call on the federal minister for the environment to instigate a full inquiry into the proposed Port Hinchinbrook Oyster Point resort development in North Queensland because I believe that that is certainly appropriate.