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Wednesday, 1 December 2004
Page: 89

Senator ALLISON (3:47 PM) —I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the resolution on 28 October 2004 by the European Parliament which calls on its 25 member states to stop deploying high-intensity active naval sonar until more is known about the harm it inflicts on whales and other marine life,

(ii) the call for the establishment of a multinational task force for developing international agreements on sonar and other sources of intense ocean noise and to exclude and seek alternatives to the harmful sonars used today, and

(iii) the July 2004 report of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission which found compelling evidence that entire populations of whales and other marine mammals are potentially threatened by increasingly intense man-made underwater noise both regionally and ocean-wide; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) support the proposed multinational task force,

(ii) encourage the United States of America to do likewise, and

(iii) review future use of sonar in light of the findings.

Question agreed to.