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Wednesday, 4 May 1994
Page: 142

Senator COULTER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that a recent AGB McNair survey about Shoalwater Bay in central Queensland found that 88 per cent of respondents felt that the area should be protected;

  (b)recognises that a Government decision to allow sand mining of Shoalwater Bay would be totally out of step with public opinion;

  (c)acknowledges the high biological diversity values of the area, its immense value to science, the magnificence of the bay's landscape values, and the short-term marginal economic value of sand mining in the area; and

  (d)being aware of the imminent report by the Commission of Inquiry into the future of Shoalwater Bay, calls on the Government to make a firm stand against sand mining in the Shoalwater Bay area and to conserve forever the wilderness qualities of this splendid region.