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Wednesday, 12 February 1986
Page: 214

Senator ZAKHAROV(6.39) —in reply-In mid-1983 the Senate referred to the Standing Committee on National Resources the following reference:

The exploitation of the natural resources of the Australian Antarctic Territory with particular reference to the extent of the natural resources of the Antarctic Territory, the technical, economic and environmental restraints on the exploitation of the natural resources of the Territory, and the Commonwealth's role.

This was later amended to add the further term of reference:

The adequacy of existing and proposed Antarctic environment protection and conservation measures.

This report was tabled in the last week of the last session and, under pressure of time and Senate business, the tabling speech was incorporated in Hansard, so I welcome this opportunity to speak to this report. Rather than repeating or paraphrasing the terms of that overview in the tabling speech, I would rather this time expand on a few of the aspects of the report which might not otherwise get attention.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Order! I am sorry, but the time allocated for the consideration of Committee reports has expired.