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The navy and Jervis bay



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Senator Chris Puplick Shadow Minister for the Environment and Arts

IMMEDIATE RELEASE C37/89 Thu. 19 Oct 1989

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THE NAVY AND JERVIS BAY

The Shadow Minister for the Environment, Senator Puplick said that the Government’s

decision to insist that the Defence Department evaluate alternative sites to Jervis Bay in

NSW for the east coast fleet base was commendable but should have been done at the

start o f the process.

“I commented on the shoddy nature o f the Defence D epartm ent’s handling o f their

relocation in a news statement o f 3 October in which I made it clear that I hoped die Navy

would consider all the available options for any alternative sites and that alternative

management strategies for Jervis Bay should include die possibility o f the establishment

o f a Marine Park.”

The Government's announcement that the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

has instructed the Navy to look at all the viable alternatives is another example o f the

Labor Party purloining the far-sighted and environmentally-sensitive policies o f the

Coalition Parties.

W hy the Government could not have instructed the N avy in this way, long before

taxpayers money was spent on expensive environmental impact statements for the Jervis

Bay site, Is a legitimate question to ask the Minister, M r Simmons.

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