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PRESS RELEASE

SENATOR FRED CHANEY

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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES AND ENERGY

The Northern Territory cannot afford to become a single- | industry economy relying entirely on tourism.

* It needs a combination of resource development and tourism if it is to realise its full potential.

But the Prime Minister's planned Friday announcement of the declaration of all of Stage Two of the Kakadu National Park will seriously jeopardise the Territory's prospects of achieving long-term balanced development.

By quarantining the entire area before a proper audit of its resources prospects, the Commonwealth Government will be locking away national assets at least as valuable as the natural environment the declaration seeks to protect.

The Government has acted precipitously and has failed to consider the option of a reasonable mix between minerals development and conservation. It need only have looked at the example of the great Kosciusko National Park where a massive engineering undertaking has been accommodated within a world renowned recreation and tourist area.

The Kakadu decision is the latest evidence of the Hawke Government's basic anti-development stance.

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For the third time in just over a week, the Federal Labor Government has taken action which will block development projects and prevent creation of possibly thousands of permanent new jobs.

Kakadu completes the trilogy begun by the Caucus vote to block all new uranium mines other than Roxby Downs and continued with the decision to effectively stymie the study into an Australian uranium enrichment industry.

The Prime Minister should have consulted with, and taken the advice of, the government in Darwin as regards Kakadu Stage Two. . .

This would have meant declaration of only half of the new area, exemption of the Jabiluka uranium deposit and making the highly mineralised remainder a conservation zone for an interim period of twelve months.

There could then have been a detailed survey of those parts of Kakadu which show such promise for gold and copper disĀ­ coveries as well as uranium. Only when the extent of the resources are identified and quantified will it be possible

to make balanced judgements about possible development within the park precincts.

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