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National approach needed for environment protection



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MINISTER FOR RESOURCES SENATOR PETER COOK

NATIONAL APPROACH NEEDED FOR ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION

Senator Peter Cook called on the conservationist movement today to help create the conditions in which a referendum can be mounted giving the Commonwealth Constitutional powers over the environment.

"Environment problems do not recognise boundaries between States," he said.

"They cannot be resolved piecemeal.

"Unfortunately, the only current alternative is that they have to be resolved at the pace determined by the most laggardly or most reluctant State Government," Senator Cook said.

"The Australian community — and conservation groups particularly — are demanding that approaches to major environmental issues be on a national basis.

"Conservation groups should therefore act with their usual energy and commitment to establish the conditions so that the Constitutional change could be encouraged which would enable these national approaches to be made."

Senator Cook was speaking in Perth while launching "Wild and Scenic Rivers Protection - Directions for Western Australia", a publication of the Conservation Council of WA.

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