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Tuesday, 13 June 1989
Page: 3814


Senator DUNN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) conservation groups have condemned proposals by the Japanese paper giant, Daishowa, to build 2 unbleached paper pulp mills in Australia as a way of getting around tough environmental guidelines,

(ii) there is close to 100 per cent opposition to the proposed mill at Grafton from local residents, including many National Party voters in the thriving local fishing, apiary and sawlog industries as well as local conservationists, and

(iii) the Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories (Senator Richardson), among many others has expressed doubts about the availability of timber resources in the Grafton region to supply the proposed mill, and that the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (Senator Button) said the proposal would result in a large slice of the profits being exported; and

(b) supports the call by Greenpeace for Australia to review its use of paper and paper products before the pulp mills are approved; and

(c) encourages the Government to retain and formalise the high environmental standards set during the recent Wesley Vale pulp mill debate.