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Monday, 25 June 2018
Page: 3784

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (16:03): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) around 85% of marine life within the Great Australian Bight is found nowhere else on Earth, and

   (ii) British Petroleum (BP) claimed in an application to the Commonwealth offshore petroleum regulator that an oil spill in the Great Australian Bight would be 'socially acceptable', further claiming 'in most instances, the increased activity associated with cleanup operations will be a welcome boost to local economies';

(b) recognises that:

   (i) Mayo's coastal communities would be among the hardest hit if oil spilled in the Bight, and

   (ii) 74% of Mayo residents want World Heritage Listing for the Great Australian Bight; and

(c) calls on the Government to respect the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Mayo residents, by beginning the process of listing the Great Australian Bight for World Heritage Status - not only to protect, but to celebrate what's great about the Bight.