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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 1635

In Committee

Consideration of Senate's amendment resumed from 19th September (vide page 1 607):

Clause 3.

The execution, on behalf of the Commonwealth, of an agreement between the Commonwealth and a State substantially in accordance with the form contained in the Schedule to this Act is authorised.

Senate's amendment.

At the end of clause 3 add " , subject to tha amendment of the agreement by the omission of clause 9 of the Schedule and the insertion in place thereof of the following clauses:

9.   The State shall ensure that planting during each year is carried out efficiently and in conformity with sound forestry, environmental and financial practices. 9a The State shall ensure that natural forests shall not be cleared for planting softwoods unless the particular proposed clearing has beforehand been the subject of an environmental impact study made by an independent expert on behalf of the Australian Forestry Council and that Council after considering the report of the said study has approved the particular clearing.' ". and on motion by Sir Reginald Swartz:

That the Senate's amendment be disagreed to, but that in place thereof the following amendment be made: 'In the Schedule, at the end of clause 9', add "and shall ensure that environmental factors relating to the planting have been considered".'

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