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Thursday, 20 June 1996
Page: 1881

To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

The Petition of the undersigned are concerned that the Federal Government may approve the tax concessions and foreign investment needed for the City Link tollway project without insisting on proper environmental safeguards, compliance with local government and town planning rules and consultation with affected communities.

Your Petitioners ask that the Senate call on the Federal Treasurer to use his powers to scrutinise the project and:

1. Reject any recommendations from the Foreign Investment Review Board that investment in City Link be approved unless the social, economic and environmental question marks over the project are resolved;

2. Insist that the City Link consortium submit a full environment impact statement as should be expected under the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act before obtaining any tax concessions; and

3. Support the Australian Democrats amendments to the Development Allowance Authority Act to make infrastructure tax concessions conditional on proper environmental, planning and consultative procedures.