Environment-Jabiluka Uranium Mine

    Senator Allison, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved-That the Senate-

   (a) notes that the World Heritage Bureau has asked that mining operations be stopped on the Jabiluka lease until after the bureau has investigated and assessed the effect of these operations on the World Heritage area of Kakadu; and

   (b) calls on the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Parer) and the Minister for the Environment (Senator Hill) to immediately call for a halt to mining operations.

Question put and passed.

    Senator Margetts, also on behalf of Senator Brown, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved-That the Senate-

    (a) notes that:

        (i) the meeting of the World Heritage Bureau held in Paris on 23 June 1998 expressed alarm at the threats to the cultural and natural world heritage values of the Kakadu World Heritage site from the proposed Jabiluka uranium mine,

        (ii) the bureau has decided to send a high-powered inspection team, which includes the Chairman of the World Heritage Committee, to investigate and report by December 1998 on the threats posed to the Kakadu World Heritage area, and

        (iii) the Minister for the Environment (Senator Hill) has indicated that he is not concerned by this criticism;

    (b) acknowledges the concerns expressed by the bureau; and

    (c) calls on the Australian Government to immediately halt any construction activity at the site of the proposed Jabiluka mine and to take no further action until the bureau has completed its report and considered the matter at its next meeting in Kyoto in December 1998.

Question put and passed.