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Friday, 22 February 1985
Page: 81


Mr CONNOLLY —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That this House-

(1) expresses its concern that the Crown of Thorns Starfish has attacked reefs in the central section of the Great Barrier Reef for the second time in 20 years;

(2) notes-

(a) that the Crown of Thorns Starfish Advisory Committee (COTSAC) reported to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in December 1984 that the destruction of hard coral by the Crown of Thorns Starfish poses a serious threat to some reefs in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and recommended a $3 million 5 years research program to examine the problem; and

(b) that the Australian Marine Science and Technologies Advisory Committee gave the COTSAC research program one of its top 3 priorities in its submission to the Minister for Science for funding in the 1985-86 Budget, and

(3) calls on the Government to implement funding for upgraded research in the 1985-86 Budget.