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Senator Woodley: To move on the next day of sitting--Thatthe Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) its resolution of 22 September 1994 supporting the

protection of Hinchinbrook Island,

(ii) that Dr Tony Preen, an internationally recognised

marine biologist, has provided information to the

Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories

(Senator Faulkner) detailing the existence of a rare

species of seagrass near the development site at Oyster

Point and has expressed concern that the clearing of

the mangroves would have an adverse impact on the

seagrasses which are feeding grounds for vulnerable

species of dugong,

(iii) that the Queensland Government has just gazetted a

piece of public land, namely a State marine park,

exclusively for the sole occupancy of developer Mr

Keith Williams,

(iv) that the gazettal was rushed through in 24 hours, with

no public consultation, when such a gazettal usually

takes 60 days, and

(v) that excavators have already moved onto the land and

are clearing the mangroves on that land;

(b) condemns the Queensland Government for its actions;

(c) urges the Queensland Premier (Mr Goss) to immediately institute

a moratorium on clearing of the foreshore mangroves until the

Federal Government has had sufficient time to examine the

recently completed baseline study on seagrasses in the

Hinchinbrook area; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government to protect the world heritage

values of the area and urgently protect the foreshore mangroves

of the marine park.

Senator Chamarette: To move on the next day of sitting--That the

Senate--

(a) congratulates all the winners of the 1994 Human Rights Awards

and those commended for achievements in the field of human

rights;

(b) notes the crucial role played by the arts community and the

media in the promotion of human rights in Australia, as

reflected in the awards; and

(c) commends the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission for

its promotion of the awards as an indication of the progress

which is being made in the field of human rights.

Senator Chamarette: To move on the next day of sitting--That the

Senate--

(a) congratulates Dr Roberta Sykes on the occasion of the

presentation of the 1994 Human Rights Medal;

(b) notes:

(i) the work Dr Sykes has done in and for the indigenous

community in Australia over a period of some 30 years,

and

(ii) the importance of the Human Rights Medal as a symbol of

progress towards human rights in Australia; and

(c) commends the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission for

its excellent work in the area of human rights.