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Thursday, 10 November 1983
Page: 2586

Mr GOODLUCK —My question is directed to the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment. Is it a fact that the Minister is planning a management takeover plan for the South West of Tasmania along the lines of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority?

Mr COHEN —At the moment there is a Cabinet submission on this matter so, obviously, one cannot reveal too much. It is our intention to have a plan of management for the world heritage area of Tasmania. It will be done in conjunction with the Tasmanian Government.

Mr Peacock —Have you got the numbers?

Mr COHEN —The Leader of the Opposition should contain himself. He is getting all excited about a park. He was never interested in it before. He has ants in his pants. A number of models can be used. The honourable member for Franklin mentioned the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which was set up in consultation with the Queensland Government and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Mr Goodluck —This area still belongs to Tasmania.

Mr COHEN —The honourable member's Government, the one that he represents so badly here, is constantly-

Mr Goodluck —On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I am not a member of the Government.

Mr SPEAKER —There is no point of order.

Mr COHEN —The Tasmanian Government is constantly asking the Federal Government to provide the funds for the plan of management and for the management of that area. We are going about doing that. Other such models I mention are the Kakadu model, the Uluru model and even the Murray River model. All of those will be examined by the Cabinet and in consultation with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Tasmanian Government.

Mr Groom —By legislation?

Mr COHEN —If necessary, yes.