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Thursday, 9 December 1976


Mr Jacobi asked the Minister for National Resources, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Solicitor-General advised the Government that it should not hand over control of offshore submerged lands to the States.

(2)   Have any States objected to the return to State sovereignty of offshore submerged lands; if so, what States.

(3)   How many companies or individuals made suggestions or representations to the Government in favour of continued Commonwealth control over offshore submerged lands.


Mr Nixon -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Commonwealth regards the question of sovereignty over Australia's offshore areas as having been determined by the High Court in the Seas and Submerged Lands Act case. In taking this position the Government has had regard to the advice it has received from its Law Officers.

(2)   There is no Commonwealth proposal to pass sovereignty over offshore submerged lands to the States.

(3)   I am not aware of any suggestions or representations to the Government by companies or individuals in regard to Commonwealth control over offshore submerged lands.







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