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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1101

Senator Rae asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is it a fact that a number of ships engaged in international trade take on ballast in polluted or potentially polluted waters overseas, and dump that ballast in ports in Australia.

(2)   Are there any Australian regulations relating to the dumping of ballast from foreign ships.

(3)   Is the Australian Government taking any steps to encourage the forming of international regulations to control the discharge of foreign ballast; if so, what progress has been made, and if not, will the Government consider taking such steps.

Senator Cavanagh - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Ships engaged in international trade do take on ballast water overseas and this water may contain organisms not customarily found in local waters. This ballast water is often discharged in pons or off our coast.

(   2 ) There are no Australian regulations relating to the discharge of ballast water not contaminated by oil.

(3)   Australia supports a resolution passed at the 1973 International Conference on Marine Pollution requesting the World Health Organisation to initiate studies into these matters.

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