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Offshore Petroleum Bill 2006

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The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia








Offshore Petroleum Bill 2005



(1)     Clause 6, page 17 (after line 7), after the definition of location, insert:

marine protected area means an area of land and/or sea especially dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity and of natural and associated cultural resources, managed through legal or other effective means.


(2)     Clause 77, page 76 (line 5), at the end of paragraph (1)(b), add “or a marine protected area”.

[oil exploration prohibited in marine reserves]

(3)     Clause 77, page 76 (after line 11), at the end of the clause, add:

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not authorise exploration for petroleum in a marine protected area.

[oil exploration prohibited in marine reserves]