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Wednesday, 29 September 1993
Page: 1367


Senator COOK (Minister for Trade) (11.28 a.m.) —The government has no objection to the amendment moved by Senator Margetts. The bill has reached the stage at which the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Industry, Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and Infrastructure is before the chamber. Senator Margetts has moved an amendment to add a series of points to the motion that the report of the committee be adopted.

  These points take the form of noting the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for the Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage and recognising actions being taken by the Australian government, which refers to the Ships of Shame inquiry, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Great Barrier Reef pilotage issue, and the contingency plan on oil spills. It recommends that more work be done on this and resolves that the Minister for Transport and Communications, on or before the last sitting day in 1994, should table a report in the Senate on this matter. I am advised by the Minister that he agrees to that request. Therefore, we will vote for this amendment moved by the Western Australian Greens.

  I also note for the record the comments made by Senator Coulter of the Australian Democrats. The government will take note of those observations as well. We will support this motion.

  Amendment agreed to.

  Original question, as amended, agreed to.

  Report adopted.