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Provision of genuine resource security



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John Hewson Leader of the Opposition M e d i a R e l e a s e

140/92 5 May 1992

PROVISION OF GENUINE RESOURCE SECURITY

The Coalition fully supports genuine resource security and the development of a pulp mill in Northern Tasmania.

The Opposition has consistently said that if its efforts to improve the Government Bill failed, the Opposition would introduce its own legislation to provide the certainty needed by the industry.

A Draft Bill has been prepared.

I have written today to the National Association of Forest Industries, the Tasmanian Government, and North Broken Hill-Peko inviting them to consult with the Opposition over the detail of the Bill. Even though we know they are strongly opposed to the concept of resource security legislation we would also welcome discussions with conservation groups in relation to our

proposals.

A final Bill will be presented to the Parliament after the

consultations and the completion of the normal processes of Shadow Ministry and the Party Room.

The Bill, drafted by the Member for Braddon, Chris Miles, MP, will offer Commonwealth resource security to the whole of the industry, through a process of ratification of State prepared forest industry strategies. The strategies can be either project

specific or regionally based.

All normal Commonwealth environmental and heritage assessments will apply, however these assessments will need to be completed by the Commonwealth within 12 months.

The Bill will provide genuine security for both the Tasmanian pulp mill project and for the industry Australia wide.

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