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Cabinet divided over endangered species legislation



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MEDIA RELEASE *7im 0 ?i&e6&t 7 /t . P . LEADER OF THE N A TIO NAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

SHADOW MINISTER FOR ENERGY AND RESOURCES MEMBER FOR FARRER

Enquiries Parliament House Canberra, A.C.T. 2600. Phone (06) 277 4058 Fax (06) 277 2052

CABINET DIVIDED OVER

ENDANGERED SPECIES LEGISLATION

The fracas within Cabinet over the Endangered Species Legislation was a striking condemnation of Labor's approach to these difficult issues.

Such a situation would not occur under a Coalition Government as the issues would be dealt with by the Department of Sustainable Development.

Labor's method, of dealing with these issues, a political fight at Cabinet level, is outdated and has the potential to delay economic recovery.

The Coalition's Department of Sustainable Development will resolve conflicts between development and conservation interests by following policies and procedures laid down by the Government of the day. Decisions will be made on their merits rather than on politically expedient grounds.

As Shadow Environment spokesman; Jim Carlton has pointed out, Ros Kelly has much to answer for in her role as Environment Minister.

She has never grasped the important concept of ministerial responsibility and approaches her job as'a lobbyist rather than a Cabinet Minister who is suppose to take decisions in the national interest rather than sectoral or vested interests. *

Authorised by:

Mr Tim Fischer MR Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources

Hon Jim Carlton MR Shadow Minister for Sustainabie Deveiopment and the E m ren m ert

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SOM E POINTS OF INTEREST

1. So far only 15 schools have returned the discredited Schools Kit on the environment which was issued to a total of 10,800 schools.

2. Bender's Quarry, a limestone quarry in Tasmania has recently been closed by unilateral action of Ros Kelly. All independent objective advice recommended continued quarrying.

3. Having lost her battle to impose her own veto over biodiversity issues in areas of State jurisdiction, she has now turned to impose the remnants of the draconian legislation on our off-shore areas. The single result this will have is to further push oil exploration and development companies out of Australian waters. We have already suffered a 30% reduction in oil exploration by Australian companies in Australian waters and a concurrent 50% increase in exploration by these same companies in overseas waters from 89/90 to 90/91.

Our current level of self sufficiency in oil (85%) will drop off unless the present trend is turned around. Ros Kelly's new draconian legislation will do nothing to entice these companies back into Australian waters.