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Thursday, 3 December 1998
Page: 1172

Senator HILL (Environment and Heritage) (10:11 AM) —It is a matter of preference, and the opposition is putting a slightly more radical proposal than what we have. Ours is slightly more conservative in terms of the Commonwealth coming to this acceptance of state laws cautiously.

Whilst I hear what Senator Bolkus says in relation to regulations, I do not think it is necessary at this stage. In 1999, there is going to be a review of the whole process and how it is working in practice. If this bill is passed today and we can start to implement national environment protection measures as they are made by the council, then within a couple of years we will be able to determine whether in fact the law as we seek to set it out today is working well or whether we can take the next step forward in further limiting the right of the Commonwealth to intervene. Ours is a more cautious approach, but we would still wish to see it adopted in those terms.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Watson) —The question is that opposition amendment No. 1 be agreed to in relation to clause 5 and clause 11.