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Wednesday, 27 November 1985
Page: 2393


Senator RYAN (Minister for Education)(6.26) —I do not want to commit the sin of tedious repetition of Senator Michael Baume, who has just asked questions that have already been asked by Senator Reid and answered. The only point Senator Michael Baume raised that requires an answer is in relation to the date of the termination of the leases, which is 31 December. The last of the privately owned holiday leases on the island will not be renewed when it terminates on 31 December. That is the reason why that is the date on which the land will be resumed to become part of the Jervis Bay nature reserve. The management plan and the work that has already been done by the Department are quite extensive. There has been extensive consultation with conservation groups which I think will result in a very reassuring management plan being available shortly for public scrutiny.