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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 2944

Dr JENKINS (Scullin) - I wish to make a few remarks about this subject just to sound a warning. I appreciate the points raised by the 2 previous speakers, but I recall what happened with the Select Committee on Wildlife Conservation. The popular attitude of honourable members was that it had become a 'save the kangaroo committee'. In fact its field was much wider than that. I want to sound a warning about this new committee. I appreciate what the right honourable member for Higgins (Mr Gorton) said about interstate and even international agreements on wildfowl and what the honourable member for Cowper (Mr Ian Robinson) said about conservation, but this commitee is to be an environment and conservation committee. The terms of reference relate to the environmental aspects of legislative and administrative measures. I hope that the House in passing the recommendation for such a committee will accept that it will not be a committee that deals only with wildlife measures, whether they relate to flora or fauna, it is to deal with the wider environmental aspects as they affect man. After all, this is why we are here - to look after the well being of man, to preserve the environment that he enjoys and to make the greatest use of our natura] resources without ravaging them and leaving the place in an awful mess for coming generations.

I rose to sound that warning. This is to be en environment and conservation committee which is to deal with the broadest aspects of the environment. I trust the House will support it in this full sense.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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