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The Chair of the Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts

References Committee (Senator Coulter), pursuant to notice of motion not

objected to as a formal motion, moved--That the following matters be

referred to the Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts

References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day of

the 1996 Winter sittings:

The management of water and biological nutrients in Australia, with

particular emphasis on their loss from the terrestrial environment and

the problems that this loss into the marine and coastal environment

within Australia's economic zone causes by way of pollution from land

run-off, stormwater and sewage outfalls including:

(a) the adequacy of existing Commonwealth, State and Territory

legislation to give effect to Australia's obligations under

the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and other

international treaties, to address land-based and ship-sourced

marine pollution and its effects;

(b) administrative arrangements required to better conserve the

marine and coastal environment, including consideration of an

oceans management policy and its implementation and the

scientific research needed to achieve this;

(c) impact of pollution on water and sediment quality, marine

biodiversity, and commercial and recreational users; and

(d) ways of maximising local community involvement in all aspects

of the assessment and management of marine and coastal


Question put and passed.