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Wednesday, 10 May 1972
Page: 1552

Senator TOWNLEY asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development, upon notice:

(1)   Is the Minister aware (a) that the flooding of Lake Pedder will result in the destruction of at least sixteen species of plants and animals which are unique to this lake, (b) that Lake Pedder was named as an inland body of water of outstanding scientific importance in a publication of the International Biological Programme in 1969, and (c) that the preservation of Lake Pedder is highly desirable was re-affirmed in Handbook No. 21 of the International Biological Programme in 1971.

(2)   Will the Minister ask the Tasmanian Government to review its decision to allow the Hydro-Electric Commission to flood the area.

Senator COTTON (New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) The Minister for National Development has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   The points made by the honourable senator have been noted.

(2)   No. As stated in answering another question asked by the honourable senator on this subject (Question No. 2013) the proposed flooding of Lake Pedderis purely a matter for decision by the Tasmanian Government. Again as stated recently by the Prime Minister in another place, the Commonwealth has neither the power effectively to intervene nor could it take any other action which would compel the Tasmanian Government to change its mind.

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