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Thursday, 30 September 1993
Page: 1467

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

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the protest actions in south-eastern New South Wales and Western Australia are only necessary because these two State Governments, like the Governments of Victoria and Queensland, have failed to fulfil their obligations under the National Forest Policy strategy to protect old-growth forests, and

    (ii)the National Forest Policy, which was signed by the Commonwealth and State Governments, except Tasmania, specifically states that, until assessments of old-growth forests and wilderness are completed by the relevant State agencies and/or the Australian Heritage Commission, `. . . forest management agencies will avoid activities that may significantly affect those areas of old-growth forest or wilderness that are likely to have high conservation value'; and

  (b)calls on the Commonwealth Government to intervene to ensure that all State agencies immediately cease any activities that may significantly affect all areas of old-growth and wilderness forest in accordance with the requirements of the National Forest Policy.