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    11   40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RAMSAR CONVENTION

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Mr Chester—That this House:

(1)    notes that:

(a)    2011 marks the fortieth anniversary of the Ramsar Convention and the establishment of a list of wetlands of international importance; and

(b)   the existence of 64 Ramsar-listed sites in Australia covering 8.1 million hectares; and

(2)    highlights the:

(a)    social, economic, environmental and cultural importance of conserving wetlands through wise use and management; and

(b)   need for ongoing Commonwealth funding to other agencies, including volunteer organisations, which play an important role in educational initiatives and practical environmental projects to protect and enhance Australia’s wetlands ( see item No. 3, Votes and Proceedings )—

Debate resumed.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, Mr K. J. Thomson was granted leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed, and the resumption of the debate was made an order of the day for the next sitting.