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Wednesday, 23 August 1972
Page: 314

Senator TOWNLEY - I address my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport; In view of the statement of the Minister for Shipping and Transport on 8th August concerning the dumping of industrial waste, I ask: Does the Minister realise that ships of the Australian National Line dump their garbage very close to the shores of Australia? Will the Minister investigate the, possibility of insisting that this dumping be stopped and that ANL garbage is disposed of in a much more modern manner?

Senator COTTON - I know that the Minister is concerned about this matter, as is his Department which has been involved in international conventionson it. I believe that the Minister intends to bring legislation forward in conjunction with the States. I think the Minister has indicated also that he is pleased to receive reports from time to time, when incidents in the area of concern occur. There was a particular case involving the proposed dumping of tyres by a municipal council in Sydney. I accept the honourable senator's comment. I will direct it to the responsible Ministerto see whether anything needs to be done about this matter.

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