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Tuesday, 21 December 1993
Page: 5465


Senator PANIZZA (8.25 p.m.) —I will tell Senator Evans the context in which I asked the question. Is it infinity upwards and to the centre of the earth down? Did Senator Evans say it is to the centre of the earth downwards and infinity going out?


Senator Gareth Evans —Something like that.


Senator PANIZZA —Then Senator Evans said yesterday that under the mining laws or whatever—


Senator Gareth Evans —Can I put in a little qualification? I said that that does not include mineral rights.


Senator PANIZZA —I am not talking about that.


Senator Gareth Evans —I am just jumping in to make sure that Senator Panizza does not get too excited about mineral rights.


Senator PANIZZA —I am not talking about mineral rights. Senator Evans said that permission had to be sought to use the air space. It is unlimited going upwards and limited to the centre of the earth going downwards, and it does not include mineral rights. As far as airspace is concerned, permission from native titleholders is needed to do magnetometer work, which is simply measuring the field strength, so one is not touching the earth; and permission is needed to do satellite work, which is only imagery. Is it correct that Senator Evans said yesterday that permission is needed?


Senator Gareth Evans —No.


Senator PANIZZA —I thought he did say that permission is needed to do magnetometer work.