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Thursday, 12 September 1996
Page: 3359

Senator BOB COLLINS(10.11 a.m.) —by leave—In respect of the concern Senator Harradine has rightly raised, the opposition would have supported this motion as a formal motion. It is an extremely important issue. The matter at hand is the proposal by the Western Australian government to excise a portion of the D'Entrecasteaux National Park in south-west Western Australia—an absolutely beautiful area, I might add; I have been there myself—for sandmining.

I might add, in respect of the concerns raised about any powers of the Commonwealth government, the Commonwealth government has a direct power of export controls over mineral sands.

Senator Campbell —I said that.

Senator BOB COLLINS —That is exactly right. So Senator Parer, in order for this to even go ahead, has to be prepared to issue an export licence for this product. Now it is urgent and I understand that. The reason I am rising briefly is this: if Senator Margetts wished to move a suspension of standing orders to have the matter debated we would support the suspension of standing orders. I am certainly ready to debate it.