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P R E S S R E L E A S E THE SENATE

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82/165 CANBERRA '

23 November, 1982

DEMOCRATS WILL PUSH FRANKLIN BILL

The Australian Democrats will press for immediate passage

of their bill to prevent damming of the Franklin through

the Senate on Thursday. ' ,

This follows a recommendation by all but one member of the

Senate Select Committee on South-west Tasmania that the ·' ■

dam should not be built. · .

The move for the bill to pass all its stages urgently will . .

be supported by the Labor Party and it is expected that at least

one Government Senator will expedite it.

The Leader of. the Democrats, Senator Chipp, and the sponsor .

of the Private Member's Bill, Senator Mason, said that now . ..

the Committee had reached its conclusion after an exhaustive ''

enquiry into which there had been maximum community and expert

input, it only remained for all parties in the Federal Parliament

to see that the bill was passed in this session, to prevent

further irreparable damage to South-west Tasmania through works

already being carried out by the Hydro-Electricity Commission.'

The Bill, the World Heritage Properties' Protection Bill, gives

legal force to Australia's commitment to preserve areas nominated

for the World Heritage. South-west Tasmania is one of those

areas which have been nominated by Australia. (Other areas

nominated by Australia were Kakadu National Park, the Great

Barrier Reef and Willandra Lakes and presently Lord Howe Island .

and South-west Tasmania are being considered.)

The Bill if passed would oblige the Federal Government to . · .

identify, protect and conserve natural assets for transmission

intact and undisturbed to future generations.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Senator Don Chipp Senator Colin Mason

(062) 72 7175 (062) 72 7434