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Minister's answer on National Park hopelessly unsatisfactory



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COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH

MEDIA RELEASE “ THE SENATE

P.R. NO. 89/265 CANBERRA 5 JUNE 1989

MINISTER'S ANSWER ON NATIONAL PARK HOPELESSLY UNSATISFACTORY

Senator Janine Haines, Leader of the Australian Democrats, today expressed astonishment and grave disappointment at the attitude displayed by Environment Minister, Senator Richardson on declaring the Jervis Bay area, including the Beecroft Peninsula, a National Park.

Senator Haines asked Senator Richardson to order the cessation of the bombardment of the Beecroft Peninsula, as part of a military exercise, to mark World Environment Day.

"The Minister's answer was astonishing, particularly on World Environment Day. In effect, he said that he was not aware of whether the Peninsula was subject to bombardment and that his decision about declaring it a National Park depended on whether

it had been bombed," Senator Haines said.

"Now at least we know how "green" the ALP has become - this Government will only protect National parks if they don't need protection. .

"The Australian Democrats call on the Government to declare the area a National Park whether it has been subject to bombardment or not," Senator Haines concluded.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

SENATOR JANINE HAINES 062 77 3222

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