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Tuesday, 9 November 1976
Page: 2431

Mr MILLAR (Wide Bay) -I give notice that at the next sitting I shall move:

1   . That in view of the severe consequences to the people of the Maryborough-Hervey Bay district, this House should debate the findings of the Fraser Island environmental inquiry;

2.   That this House recognises that with the cessation of mining:

(a)   300 people directly involved would become unemployed increasing by 33 per cent the present level of unemployment in the area and an estimated further 700 people throughout the infrastructure would face unemployment;

(b)   Direct economic benefit to the area of $6.24m per annum would be lost;

(c)   Mining activities established with approvals of both State and Federal governments would be terminated;

(d)   Investor confidence in Queensland and particularly in the Maryborough area would be undermined and several major projects would be jeopardised;

(e)   A community just recovering through the benefits of sandmining from the closure of the shipyards by the previous administration in 1974 would suffer a shattering blow to its confidence.

3.   That the House is of the opinion that:

(a)   a contradiction exists between an environmental report commissioned in 1974 by the Queensland Government and the report recently tabled in this House; and

(   b) the powers of the Commonwealth in export licensing should not be invoked when the Commonwealth is in conflict with a State Government on environmental or other issues not directly related to that power.

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