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Tuesday, 29 October 1996
Page: 4656


Senator MARGETTS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

   (i)   on 24 October 1996, the South Australian Government signed an agreement with Western Mining Corporation (WMC) to amend the Indenture Bill which exempts WMC from a range of State legislation regarding its Roxby Downs uranium mine project,

   (ii)   the proposal to amend the Indenture Bill undermines the Environmental Impact Assessment process for the Roxby Downs uranium mine expansion announced in the week beginning 13 October 1996 by the Environment Minister (Senator Hill); and

   (iii)   Senator Hill, in a press release dated 16 April 1996, said `there will be no short cuts and no secret deals when it comes to assessing the environmental impact of any mining proposal', and has also stated in the Senate that `rigorous and transparent processes' would be applied to any proposal for uranium mining in this country;

(b)   expresses its wish that the Federal Government notify the South Australian Government and the WMC that any passing of amendments to the Indenture Bill is contrary to the Federal Government's commitment to the highest level of environmental scrutiny; and

(c)   calls on the Government to ensure that WMC is subject to all proper State and federal environmental processes and suggests that, without these conditions being met, the Federal Government should consider these as grounds to reject the necessary export approvals for the mine.