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Tuesday, 29 August 2000
Page: 19606

Mr Stephen Smith asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 29 June 2000:

What progress has been made on implementing the recommendations of the inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade into the loss of HMAS Sydney.

Mr Truss (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Should the wreck of the HMAS Sydney be located within Commonwealth jurisdiction as defined by the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976, it is my intention to declare the vessel an historic shipwreck under this legislation. Additional protection by declaration of a protective zone around the wreck will also be considered at this time.