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Notice given 25 March 2003

426  Chair of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee (Senator Forshaw): To move—That the order of the Senate of 20 June 2001 relating to departmental and agency contracts be amended as follows:

(a) paragraph (1), omit “the tenth day of the spring and autumn sittings”, substitute “2 calendar months after the last day of the financial and calendar year”;

(b) at the end of paragraph (2)(b), add “the commencement date of the contract, the duration of the contract, the relevant reporting period and the twelve-month period relating to the contract listings”;

(c) paragraph (7), after “first”, insert “and second”; and

(d) at the end of paragraph (8), add “and with respect to bodies subject to the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 , on and after 1 January 2004”.

430  Senator Nettle: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Liquefied Natural Gas Plant proposed to be built by Phillips Oil Company Australia at Wickham Point in Darwin Harbour would increase the Northern Territory’s gas emissions by 40 per cent;

(b) notes that Phillips has been required only to carry out a Public Environment Report for this proposal;

(c) notes that this process did not involve assessment of the impact of the proposal on dugong populations, mangroves or the ongoing impact of dredging; and

(d) insists that Phillips be required to carry out a full Environmental Impact Assessment for the revised high capacity plant under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .

432  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the announcement on 24 March 2003 by the Queensland State Government that it will legislate to protect the pristine sand dunes of Shelburne Bay on Cape York Peninsula by not renewing two mining leases over the Shelburne Bay dune fields,

(ii) that Shelburne Bay is one of the largest and least disturbed areas of active parabolic dunes in the world, and is listed on the National Estate,

(iii) that any mining would have involved the removal of two dune systems and the construction of a major port facility on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, and

(iv) that the cancellation of the leases had been called for by the traditional owners, the Wuthathi people, to enable them to have greater access to, and involvement in, this special area of their traditional lands; and

(b) congratulates the Beattie Government for its sensible decision, and the many conservation, indigenous, political and community groups who have campaigned so long to achieve this outcome.