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Senator Chamarette amended her notice of motion by leave and, pursuant

to notice, moved--That the following matter be referred to the

Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts References

Committee for inquiry and report on or before the last sitting day in

June 1996:

The management of gold mine effluent in Australia, with particular

emphasis on the engineering, management and practice of tailings dam

functions and the effect these have on wildlife, ground water, soil

salinity levels and human health. In particular, the committee will

draw information and expertise from industry and relevant bodies,

including State and federal agencies, local government and environment

and community groups, with the aim of ascertaining:

(a) the nature of current field practice in gold mine effluent

management in Australia and of Australian companies overseas;

(b) the depth of knowledge of industry, government and community

groups of the latest technological advances and best practice

innovations in gold mine engineering and management which

effectively minimise the ecological and social effects of gold

mine effluent;

(c) the ecological and social ramifications of discrepancies

between current field practice and latest best practice, and

between the intention and result of environmental impact

statement (EIS) recommendations and works approval conditions

under an EIS; and

(d) recommendations on how to implement best practice most

effectively, on a government and industry level, to facilitate

prevention of negative ecological and social ramifications.

On the motion of the Minister for Small Business, Customs and

Construction (Senator Schacht) the debate was adjourned till the next

day of sitting.