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Tuesday, 29 March 1966


Mr SNEDDEN (BRUCE, VICTORIA) (Attorney-General) - The legislation mentioned is very complicated, both because of its content and because it needs the concurrence of' seven Parliaments and, at ..this stage, seven Governments. All six States and the Commonwealth have representatives meeting together for the purpose of preparing the necessary Bill, which will be quite large. Essentially, it will fall into two parts. The first part will relate to the application of existing laws to the off shore areas. For instance, if a crime were committed in an off shore area, which law would apply. The other part of the legislation will deal with what may be described as the mining code. If my recollection is correct, there will in this part be about seven distinct portions dealing with a great number of things such as, for example, permit areas, licences to exploit and pipelines.

In this instance, there has been much co-operation between my colleague, the Minister for National Development, and myself in the Federal sphere and the respective Mines Ministers and AttorneysGeneral of the States. The officers of tha departments concerned are meeting almost constantly for the purpose of resolving policy matters and then reducing policy decisions to draft form. Meetings concerning legal and mining matters are at present going on in Tasmania. On 6th April, there will be in Canberra a meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General at which the matter will be further considered. A meeting of Mines Ministers, at which my colleague, the Minister for National Development, will represent the Commonwealth is to be held on, I think, 24th June. At that meeting, no doubt, a great deal more will be ironed out, if I may use that expression. Therefore, it is probable - indeed, it is the great hope of the Commonwealth and State Governments - that it will be possible to introduce legislation in the respective Parliaments later this year.







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