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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 423


Mr Humphreys asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 1 7 April 1 980:

(1   ) Does the National Plan to Combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil (a) have the resources to cope with a moderately large oil spill and (b) have as its basis the estimated pollution threat (calculated on the basis of the nature, size and volume of shipping in Australian waters) as determined when the operational efficiency of the National Plan was reviewed in May 1978.

(2)   Has his attention been drawn to the (a) increased volume, and changes in the nature, of shipping arising from new development projects under way or planned in the Gladstone area, Queensland, and (b) development of a proposed deepwater harbour at Port Clinton, north of Yepoon, Queensland; if so, will he ensure that the capacity of the National Plan to respond to pollution at sea is able to meet the growing risks presented by these factors.


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

(1)   (a) The National Plan to Combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil is designed to have the capacity to deal with a moderately large oil spill, (b) In assessing this the estimated scale of possible pollution related to the volume of oil shipped and the size of tankers in Australian waters has been taken into account.

(2)   Growth in marine traffic patterns and changes in all types of shipping are under constant review as are developments in equipment and related techniques for the abatement of marine oil spills. These changes and consequential developments are taken into account in assessing the capacity of the National Plan to respond to pollution incidents.







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