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Now it's Coronation Hill!!!

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Senator Meg Lees Australian Democrats Deputy Leader and Environment Spokesperson

October 10,1996_________ MEDIA RELEASE 96/ 644\


THE Australian Democrats are horrified by comments attributed to Resources Minister Warwick Parer that there could be mining in Coronation Hill.

In a story in today's Courier Mail, Senator Parer was quoted as saying he would never advocate mining in national parks, but would not be surprised if the Coronation Hill gold mine eventually went ahead.

"Does the Minister know where Coronation Hill is? Does he know it is smack bang in the middle of a national park and a World Heritage listed region?" Democrats Environment Spokesperson Senator Meg Lees asked.

"Does he know what he's talking about? Does he realise how contradictory his statements are? Does he know he's talking about an area of land recognised worldwide for beauty and its unique biodiversity?

"The Coronation Hill gold mine project was stopped in 1991 because it was recognised mining was inconsistent with the world heritage and wilderness values of the region.

"Senator Parer doesn't seem to be able to accept that only four percent of our country is in national parks.

"Again, I call on Senator Parer and his colleague, Environment Minister Senator Hill, to ensure there will be no mining there or in any other wilderness or World Heritage area, or in any national park.

"We must stop this madness. Australians want our national parks and wilderness areas protected and this Government must make a clear statement ensuring they will do just that." ~

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