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Tuesday, 16 November 1993
Page: 2911


Senator COLLINS (Minister for Transport and Communications) (5.49 p.m.) —I apologise to Senator Coulter for not addressing point 2. I assure him that it was not intentional. I think I can provide Senator Coulter with the information that will satisfy him in regard to this question.

  The matters raised by Senator Coulter are the subject of debate and negotiation in various international fora. The United Nations has organised a conference on straddling stocks and highly migratory fish stocks. The United Nations sustainable development commission will be examining the implementation of agenda 21, including that part of the agenda dealing with `the sustainable use and conservation of marine living resources on the high seas'. The food and agricultural organisation of the United Nations is developing an international code of conduct on responsible fishing. Australia is an active participant in these processes and will wish to see results that are consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development in the outcome of these further discussions; that is, results that would ensure that the marine living resources aspects of the law of the sea convention are implemented consistently with the principles of ecologically sustainable development.

  Bill agreed to.

  Bill reported; report adopted.