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Wednesday, 3 June 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   What progress has been made with the new conservation legislation for the Australian Capital Territory since his answer to me on 26th September 1969 (Hansard, page 2123).

(2)   Has his Department sought advice from the Australian Capital Territory Advisory Council on the proposed legislation.

(3)   Has his Department sought advice from other organisations in the Australian Capital Territory on the proposed legislation; if so, from what organisations and on what occasions.

Mr Nixon (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Interior) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   A preliminary draft of the new conservation legislation has been prepared a'nd is at present under consideration by officers of my Department.

(2)   No advice has been sought from the Australian Capital Territory Advisory Council. However, when the terms of legislation have been drafted they will be referred to the Council for comment.

(3)   On various occasions in 1968, the Department sought advice concerning the proposed legislation from the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation, and' several scientists connected wilh the National Parks Association (A.C.T.), and the A.C.T. Branch of the Ecological Society of Australia. It is also intended to obtain the views on the draft legislation from these organisations, the Australian Academy of Science and any other A.C.T. organisation interested in this field.

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