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Tuesday, 24 September 1974
Page: 1303

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - in reply- I have taken on board the remarks of Senator Greenwood and Senator Maunsell. I shall convey them to my colleague. Honourable senators will appreciate, of course, that I am deputising in the carriage of the Papua New Guinea Bill and the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Bill on behalf of my colleague, the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Willesee). I am assured by the departmental officers advising me that it was felt that there was nothing about which to consult the Queensland Government in regard to this legislation. I am told that the Bill does not extend to the Queensland adjacent area but that it extends to the Papua New Guinea area and does not affect in any way the economics of the matter. The Bill -

Senator Greenwood - Except that the boundary has to be changed. That may affect Queensland, although it is only a fine point. I appreciate your problems in dealing with it.

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I appreciate that there is an anomaly in the location of the adjacent area boundary. But I am told that probably this has to be the subject of negotiation. Therefore, it was felt that we should proceed with the legislation pending those negotiations. But in view of what has been said by Senator Greenwood and Senator Maunsell, I will refer their comments to my colleague, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, for appropriate recognition.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bills read a second time.

In Committee

The Bills.

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