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Tuesday, 24 September 1974
Page: 1303

Senator MAUNSELL (Queensland) - The Australian Country Party will support the Papua New Guinea Bill and the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Bill. I, like Senator Greenwood, have reservations mainly because the Queensland Government was not consulted in this matter. As Senator Greenwood has said, if it liked to stick strictly to the provisions of the Bills the Federal Government did not have to consult the Queensland Government on this occasion. However, the boundary between Queensland and Papua New Guinea has received a great deal of attention in the past. This is a contentious area. No doubt, mining in the submerged lands which is carried out under sections of these Bills will affect Queensland if there is any indication that there will be a change in the boundaries. I hope that the Minister for Science (Mr Morrison) will make sure that if there is any alteration to the original Bills, particularly in relation to boundaries, there will be prior consultation with the Queensland Government. However, as I indicated before, the Australian Country Party will support these measures.

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