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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 265

Dr Gun asked the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

(1)   How many meetings of the Australian Environment Council have taken place.

(2)   On what date was each meeting held.

(3)   Is there any, permanent administrative body, such as an interstate commission, made up of Commonwealth and State representatives, to formulate proposals for joint action by all Australian governments to protect the environment

(4)   If not, will consideration be given to the establishment of such a body, which will make recommendations to the Australian Environment Council.

Mr Howson - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) I draw the honourable member's attention to my answer to Question No. 5500 (see Hansard of 26th April 1972).

(3)   and (4) The Council is supported by a Standing Committee comprising senior officers of the Commonwealth and State environment agencies. The Council has also established special committees to -

(a)   carry out a review of the problems of nonreturnable containers and packaging generally;

(b)   to investigate and report on national emission standards and guidelines to protect the environment;

(c)   assemble information on monitoring currently being undertaken by State Governments and the Commonwealth and to investigate co-ordination of methods of measurement and analysis.

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