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Wednesday, 11 December 2002
Page: 7754

Senator ALLISON (Victoria) (3.50 p.m.)—At the request of Senator Bartlett, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the recent oil tanker disaster off the coast of Spain and the restrictions on oil tanker shipping now being implemented by the Spanish Government,

(ii) that there are approximately 6 000 vessel movements of ships in excess of 50 metres annually in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park,

(iii) that between 5 and 10 per cent of those vessels are oil tankers,

(iv) the dangers associated with `ships of shame' and that 95 per cent of the ships using the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are foreign owned,

(v) the regularity of shipping accidents inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; and

(b) calls on the Howard Government to:

(i) prohibit vessels from using the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park unless:

(a) the vessel is stopping at a port or ports inside the Great Barrier Reef region, or

(b) the vessel is a commercial vehicle of 50 metres or less, or

(c) the vessel is Australian flagged, and

(ii) prohibit all oil tankers from using the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park unless they are double hulled.

Question negatived.