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LAND MANAGEMENT DECISIONS--WESTERN AUSTRALIA--CROCODILE FARM

Senator Ellison, at the request of Senator Campbell and pursuant to

notice, moved--That the Senate--

(a) condemns the disgraceful intervention in land management

decisions by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Mr Tickner)

when, on 4 February 1994, he issued an order that will halt the

development of a crocodile farm at Broome in Western Australia,

that development having undergone no less than 4 years of

environmental, local government and aboriginal heritage approval

processes and having the support of local aboriginal groups who

would specifically benefit from the employment opportunities;

(b) calls on the Minister to immediately withdraw his order and

leave land use decisions to State and local authorities and the

communities they serve; and

(c) expresses its fear that the Minister's actions are but a first

taste of the Federal Government's intentions to use their

national land rights scheme to destroy economic development in

Western Australia at the cost of the living standards and

opportunities for aborigines living in remote areas.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 28

Alston Baume Bishop Boswell Calvert Campbell Chapman Ellison Ferguson Gibson Herron Hill Kemp Knowles Macdonald, Ian Macdonald, Sandy MacGibbon McGauran Minchin Newman Panizza (Teller) Parer Patterson Reid Short Tambling Troeth Vanstone

NOES, 31

Beahan Bell Bourne Burns Carr Chamarette Childs Coates Collins Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Denman Devereux Foreman Jones (Teller) Kernot Lees Loosley McKiernan McMullan Margetts Murphy Ray Reynolds Richardson Sherry Spindler West Zakharov

Question negatived.