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Friday, 1 September 1989
Page: 775


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

That the Senate-

(a) expresses concern that the Western Australian Government, in proposed amendments to the Mines Act, will pave the way for increased mining access in National Parks;

(b) calls on the Federal Government to reaffirm the Australian Council of Conservation Ministers' definition that `a National Park is a relatively large area set aside for its features of predominantly unspoiled natural landscape, flora and fauna, permanently dedicated for public enjoyment, education and inspiration, and protected from all interference other than essential management practices so that its natural attributes are preserved';

(c) calls on the Federal Government to ensure that National Parks are free from interference from the mining industry, no matter how good its clean-up operations are;

(d) notes, with concern, that a list of 60 applications for mining tenements in National Parks and reserves or proposed national parks and reserves was published in the West Australian newspaper on 1 July 1989; and

(e) notes that any attempts by state governments, or by the Federal Government to allow mining in National Parks (e.g. the Coronation Hill area in Kakadu) is in direct conflict with the wishes of 87 per cent of Australians who do not want any mining at all to take place in National Parks.