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Tuesday, 17 October 1972
Page: 1585

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

Does an article in the July 1972 issue of 'The Northern Territory Newsletter' state that an area of 1,250 square miles in the Alligator River region will become a wildlife sanctuary; if so, will this area:

(a)   be excluded henceforth from any mining operations, and

(b)   be not reduced in size to meet the demands of future mining operations.

Senator COTTON-The Minister for the Interior has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

An area of 1,250 square miles of the Alligator River region has been declared a wildlife sanctuary.

It is not proposed to exclude the sanctuary from any mining operations, nor is there any proposal to reduce the size of the sanctuary to meet the demands of future mining operations.

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