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Thursday, 30 May 1996
Page: 1378


Senator KERNOT (Leader of the Australian Democrats) —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

   (i)   5 June 1996 is World Environment Day,

   (ii)   Australia is the worst offender per capita for emission of all greenhouse gases and all sources of greenhouse gases,

   (iii)   there is no national greenhouse legislation to give force to national targets and international commitments, nor has the new Government promised any, and

   (iv)   Australia's weak and internationally embarrassing response is to argue that we are a special case and point the finger at developing nations, saying they should reduce their levels instead; and

(b)   calls on the Government to make a real commitment to the Australian environment by making greenhouse targets with industry mandatory to enable us to meet our obligations.