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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 417

Mr Howe e asked the Minister for Science and the Environment, upon notice, on 15 April 1980:

Further to his answer to my question without notice on 27 March 1980 concerning the proposed Gordon River Power Scheme Stage II proposal, in which he indicated that the Government regarded approval of the scheme as essentially one for the State concerned (Hansard, pages 1 308-9), (a) is it a fact that his Department has sought an opinion from the Attorney-General as to whether the proposed scheme is covered by Commonwealth environmental legislation and (b) if so, and if the Attorney-General's answer to this request is in the affirmative, will the Commonwealth prepare an environmental impact statement on the proposed scheme.

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

(a)   The complexity of the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act is such that the advice of the AttorneyGeneral is regularly sought on the administration of the Act in relation to a wide range of matters.

(b)   The Administrative Procedures of the Act will be applied to proposed actions of environmental significance where the Commonwealth is involved.

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