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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3399

Senator MISSEN (Victoria) -It seems extraordinary that the Government should not accept this amendment. When it was debated in the other place the Government expressed in the strongest terms that it did not intend to use these powers. In fact, the words which the Minister for the Environment and Conservation, Dr Cass, used were that it would be the height of folly for any Australian Government to seek to do so and that it would be foolish to take parks from the States in the manner suggested because the States require moneys. Of course, it would be desirable for the States to increase their parks rather than that there be a taking over of parks by the Commonwealth. I would have thought this was a useful amendment in clarifying the powers and in making it clear that the intention was not to exercise powers like this which would not be in the real interests of conservation but which would rather lead to a competition between 2 governments. I urge the Senate to support the amendment.

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