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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A · THE SENATE

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SENATOR ROBERT BELL PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA ACT 2 6 0 0

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LEGISLATIVE PROTECTION O F EXIT CAVE AGAIN DEFEATED

The combined forces of Liberal and Labor Senators last night defeated a move by the Australian Democrats which would have protected Tasmania's Exit cave system from a resumption of blasting.

Australian Democrat Senator, Robert Bell, moved an amendment which, if passed, would have placed Minister Kelly's regulations which has been used to stop the blasting into the World Heritage Properties Conservation Act.

Senator Bell said that the effect of his amendment would have been to put Exit Cave beyond the whim of a ministerial change of heart or change of government.

He said that because Exit Cave's protection currently relies merely on a regulation, a negating regulation can issued just as easily any time. "If that was done it would open up the possibility of reopening the quarry".

Senator Bell said he was disappointed in the Minister's response. "I am also annoyed that none of the Labor Senators or Members offered any support either".

"It was a chance for the Labor Party to restore some environmental credibility and they muffed it".

Contact: Senator Bell, 06 277 3770

AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRAT SPOKESPERSON FOR EMPLOYMENT. EDUCATION & TRAINING. INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS. LOCAL GOVERNMENT, YOUNG AUSTRALIANS AND THE ACT

Consents in respect of Exit Cave, Tasmania ‘13A. The Minister must not grant or refuse consent to a person or a servant or agent of a person pursuant to section 9, 10 or 11 to do a prescribed act or acts prohibited by section 10 and 11 in relation to the area known as Exit Cave, Tasmania, except in accordance with a resolution passed by each House of the

Parliament approving the grant or refusal of consent, being a resolution passed in pursuance of a motion of which notice has been given not less than 5 sitting days of that House before the motion is moved.

Amendment or revocation of consent in respect of Exit Cave, Tasmania ‘13B. (1) Any amendment or revocation of the refusal of consent by the Minister under section 9 made on 14 September 1992 and published in Gazette No. S265 of 15 September 1992 shall not be made except in accordance with a resolution passed by each House of the Parliament approving the amendment or revocation of the refusal of consent, being a resolution passed in pursuance of a motion of which notice has been given not less than 5 sitting days of that House before the motion is moved.

(2) Any amendment or repeal of regulation 3A of the World Heritage Properties Conservation Regulations shall not be made except in accordance with a resolution passed by each House of the Parliament approving the amendment or repeal, being a resolution passed in pursuance of a motion of which notice has been given not less than 5 sitting days of that House before the motion is moved.’.". .

Debate ensued. . . . . . .

Question—That the amendment be agreed to— put. The committee divided— '

AYES, 9

Senators— . . .

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Bell Coulter Lees Spindler

Bourne (Teller) Kemot Margetts Woodley

Chamarette

. NOES, 53

Senators— Alston Crane Loosley Reynolds

Archer . Denman . Macdonald, Ian . Sherry

Beahan Devereux Macdonald, Sandy Short

Bishop Ellison ' MacGibbon Sibraa

Boswell Evans, Christopher McGauran Tambling

Calvert Faulkner McKieman Tierney

Campbell Ferguson McMullan Troeth

Carr . Foreman Minchin Vanstone

Chapman Gibson Murphy Watson

Childs Herron . . Newman West

Coates Hill . O’Chee Zakharov

Collins ' Jones ' Panizza (Teller)

Colston . . . . ■ Kemp ■ Parer

Cooney Knowles Patterson

Question negatived. Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with an amendment.