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Wednesday, 13 November 1974
Page: 2349

Senator JESSOP (South Australia) - I have been provoked to rise to my feet again on this matter. I have been approached by people who are interested in the geological structure of the Hallett Cove area. They are gravely concerned because bulldozers are encroaching on this area.

Senator Button - Lie down in front of them.

Senator JESSOP -That is a good idea. I might even do that. But what I am suggesting to the Government and in particular to Senator Cavanagh is that they are now in a position to do something about prohibiting any further bulldozing in that area until the Minister has had a chance to examine it on the basis of the evidence that has been presented by his colleague the Minister for Environment and Conservation, Dr Cass. There is no point in following up Senator Button's idea that this matter should be referred to a committee because by the time a committee reports on it this amphitheatre, which is a 600 million year old geological structure, could be destroyed. So I am supporting the concept of preserving this part of South Australia. I am supporting the concept of the National Estate which I believe is a credit to the present Government. As a Liberal I am not too proud to recognise some of the things that have been done by the Government that are good although 99lh per cent of the things it has done to this country have been disastrous and are tending to wreck the economy and to wreck a country that Liberal-Country Party governments built up over a period of 23 years. In a matter of less than 2 years the present Government has effectively destroyed this. I am suggesting that the Minister should not allow this part of South Australia to be destroyed because I think it ought to be preserved as an area that could be included in the National Estate. I am paying the Minister a very very strong tribute for the action that he has taken in this field. My only criticism is that he has done nothing about his promises and neither has the South Australian Government. This is causing a good deal of worry to scientists, geologists and residents in this area who are concerned about this matter and I share that concern.

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