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Notice given 26 March 2001

857  Senator Allison: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes the announcement by Rio Tinto in the week beginning 18 March 2001 that it would not support mine owner Energy Resources of Australia’s development of Jabiluka in the short term;

(b) advises the Government that it is unacceptable for this major mine site including retention dams, mine construction and associated works to remain in this state for any length of time; and

(c) calls on the Government to commence discussions with Rio Tinto immediately with a view to an early rehabilitation of the site and for it to be handed back to the traditional owners as soon as possible.

863  Senator Tierney: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the damage that the New South Wales Australian Labor Party Government’s industry policies have caused the town of Gloucester, following the announcement of 36 job losses at the town’s Dairy Farmers butter factory, and

(ii) that only 3 years ago, the town suffered 31 job cuts from the Boral Timbers sawmill, after the Carr Government bowed to pressure from city-centric lobby groups, under timber industry reforms;

(b) condemns the industry policies of the New South Wales Government, which have failed the town of Gloucester and, as a result, will have a direct negative impact on the town’s school, small businesses and clubs;

(c) criticises the New South Wales Government for not following the path of the former Western Australian Government and installing a dairy assistance package, despite voting yes to deregulation, and its lack of interest in the recent job losses announcement by Dairy Farmers; and

(d) calls on the New South Wales Government to change its industry policies to better suit country Australia, which is struggling to survive a Sydney-centric state government.