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Labor dumps Coronation Hill

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The decision on Coronation Hill would stand as a memory to lost opportunities and opportunism, the Shadow Minister for Regional Development, External Territories and Northern Australia said today.

Speaking in Canberra following Federal Cabinet's disappointing no-mining decision, Senator Grant Tambling criticised the Hawke Labor Government and three groups which had lobbied against the project.

•NT Federal Member, warren Snowdon, and his left-wing mates actively worked against Coronation Hill and against the interests of the broader Northern Territory Community, particularly in the areas of jobs and investment,

"Joining them was the Australian Conservation Foundation's Philip Toyne and his environmental agenda as well as the Jawoyn

Association's John Ah Kit and his vested interests. Ah Kit has now jeopardised potential joint ventures for other NT


Senator Tambling accused the ACF of opportunism, saying that it was willing to give priority to Aboriginal concerns on Coronation Hill but was ignoring Aboriginal support for new uranium mines.

"The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Northern

Australia, Senator Bob Collins, must take responsibility for his Government's decision on Coronation Hill. His position as President of the NT ALP has been useless and compromised.

"He must explain to the people of the Northern Territory why they have been denied opportunities for jobs and much-needed boosts to both the nt and national economies. He has failed dismally on two counts today: Coronation Hill and the waterfront."

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