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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 92


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - 1 ask Senator Byrne to read out the amendment.


Senator Byrne - My original amendment, which was to the Schedule, was to leave out clause 9 and insert 2 new clauses. I ask for leave to withdraw that amendment and to present another amendment in lieu thereof. This is a proposed amendment to clause 3 of the Bill, which reads:

3.   The execution, on behalf of the Commonwealth, of an agreement between the Commonwealth and a State substantially in accordance with the form contained in the Schedule to this Act is authorised.

The amendment reads:

At end of clause 3 add 'subject to the amendment of the agreement by the omission of clause 9 of the Schedule and the insertion in place thereof the following clauses: °9. - The State shall ensure that planting during each year is carried out efficiently and in conformity with sound forestry, environmental and financial practices. "9a.- The State shall ensure that natural forests shall not be cleared for planting softwoods unless the particular proposed clearing has beforehand been the subject of an environmental impact study made by an independent expert on behalf of the Australian Forestry Council and that .the Council after considering the report of the said study has approved the particular clearing' ".







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