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Tuesday, 6 November 1973
Page: 1523

Senator JESSOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Conservation. Is the Minister aware that Australian fishermen are concerned about the danger to marine life that could be caused as a result of pollutants emanating from proposed petro-chemical works? Can the Minister say whether his Department has carried out any investigation with respect to effluent from such installations? Is he able to assure the Senate that no pollution of the sea will occur from these plants that could threaten a multi-million dollar Australian industry?

Senator CAVANAGH -The Australian Department of the Environment and Conservation has not done any work in the area of pollution caused by petro-chemical industries but is aware of this danger and is seeking a report from the Director of the South Australian Department of the Environment and Conservation who recently has been overseas studying this question, particularly the pollution control methods of such plants. Pollution control essentially is a matter falling within the responsibility of State governments and there is very little, other than to give advice, that the Australian Government can do.

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