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Thursday, 25 August 1994
Page: 348

Senator CHAMARETTE (12.02 p.m.) —I am afraid I cannot refrain from responding to Senator Ian Macdonald's comments. The Greens concur with Senator Coulter's remarks regarding the National Environment Protection Council Bill. I remind the Senate that the words that might give lip-service to things do not always put things into practice on the ground. For that very important reason, the Greens will be voting against the third reading of this bill, along with the Democrats, in recognition of the fact that this bill actually limits any possibility that the federal government can exercise the strongest possible standards. It is watering down that mechanism and putting it into the hands of the states in a way that is flawed and in a way that may very well lapse in 12 months. We wish to register our desire not only that this bill should not be passed, but also that something far better should be passed. This bill should not be passed in the weakened state that it is in.

  Question put:

  That this bill be now read a third time.