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Saturday, 18 December 1993
Page: 5152


Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Foreign Affairs) (4.35 p.m.) —The short point is that it still counts as onshore if it is in the intertidal zone. The only question is whether it is water or land. Since we are talking about an area of land that water flushes backwards and forwards over, it seems not unreasonable to describe it as water. Precisely why the draftsmen want to describe it as water apart from that, I am unable to say because we cannot find the relevant person.

  It is an integral part, as I understand it, of this set of amendments, which were designed to address the concerns expressed by the industry. I think it probably had something to do with those fishing industries that operate in the intertidal zone and the satisfaction of their particular requirements for certainty, and so on. But I am not in a position to give Senator Chamarette any better explanation.