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Wednesday, 11 October 1972
Page: 1436

Senator COTTON (New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) - I understand Senator Mulvihills concern and perhaps he detected that I am equally interested in the subject; indeed I have been for a long time. However, I repeat that I am not the Minister responsible for this legislation; I only represent the Minister and the assurances I have are those I have been given. Honourable senators have the acceptance of the general proposition contained in this amendment and they have the statement that the Minister for Conservation in New South Wales intends to make a full environmental impact study before proceeding with his plans. Since the subject is within his area of authority, one could not expect to take it from him. However, we have the advantage also of having a Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and the report by the Minister for National Development, which I will not refer to in depth but which gives his observations on the environmental importance of this matter. For my part, I can give no more assurances. Honourable senators will have detected my overall interest and concern and they have access to the report by the Minister for National Development which has been tabled.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Resolution reported; report adopted.

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