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World heritage listing: Queensland rainforests, Complete vindication of opposition policy



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xtsBsm^'PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA . T H E S E N A T E SENATOR CHRISTOPHER PURLICK

SHADOW MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT, ARTS AND THE BICENTENARY

IMMEDIATE RELEASE COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY C. I. S.

PRESS RELEASE C15/88 15/6/88

WORLD HERITAGE LISTING : QUEENSLAND RAINFORESTS

COMPLETE VINDICATION OF OPPOSITION POLICY

The decision of the World Heritage Bureau, announced in Paris in relation to the World Heritage Listing of the North

Queensland Wet Tropical Rainforests represents a complete vindication of the policy put forward by the Federal

Opposition, the Shadow Minister for Environment, Senator Chris Puplick said today.

Senator Puplick was speaking after the conclusion of the first meeting of State and Federal Liberal Minister's or Shadow Minister's for the Environment held in Adelaide.

In assessing the World Heritage nomination for North

Queensland, the World Heritage Bureau has directed that the Australian government should withdraw its present nomination and resubmit a further proposal which must be developed after consultation with the Government of Queensland and which

should be based upon smaller and more realistic boundaries.

Senator Puplick said that this was doubly in accord with the repeated demands of the Opposition that World Heritage matters whether they are in North Queensland or in South West -Tasmania should be settled in consultation with the States concerned.

"John Howard and I have consistently stressed the absolute commitment to the protection of the environment by the Federal Opposition and our belief that this can be achieved in consultation with the relevant State Governments.

"The proposal for protection of the North Queensland Rainforests which I announced after my own discussions with Premier Ahern were put by me directly to the World Heritage Examiners when I met with them in Canberra recently.

"The World Heritage Bureau has now endorsed the proposals put forward by the Opposition and have handed Senator Richardson a complete slap in the face for his unilateralist, heavy handed and confrontationist approach.

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"I call on the Government to now adopt the policies proposed by the Federal Opposition and endorsed by the World Heritage Bureau without further delay. This is the only sensible course of action. It is the only responsible reaction which

the Labor Government can make to the complete endorsement of the Opposition's position by the World Heritage Bureau of UNESCO."

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For further information! Senator Chris Puplick 239 3003.

15 June 1988