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Monday, 26 March 2001
Page: 23003

Senator HILL (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) (9:48 PM) —I take this opportunity to thank honourable senators for their support of the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement Bill 2001. It has been a long process to get it to this stage, but it has had good community support. In fact, as Senator Bartlett has said, in many ways it has been a bottom-up approach, working with and to the community's aspirations in relation to the Lake Eyre Basin. It has had support from the South Australian and Queensland governments. We have got a negotiated agreement to look to for the sound management of the basin in the future, and that agreement is now being endorsed through this legislation and will be ratified by legislation in the South Australian and Queensland parliaments. I believe that the bottom line of this process will be that the public can be more confident in the sound management of the basin and its natural resources for the future.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.