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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 November 1994



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 November 1994

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Parliamentary Record 6


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Wednesday 23 November 1994 Mr BAILEY: I will pick up the interjection from the member for Nightcliff. Annexure A appears in the bill we have before us, but the minister is saying that the Chief Minister has written a letter to the Prime Minister stating that we withdrawing that. He said that he will not actually amend the bill before us, but that we should simply take it from him that he intends to do something about that in the future. It is hardly ancient history. This is the first we have heard o f it and even then we heard about it only from an interjection. I also have some questions for the minister in relation to the procedures for environmental assessment. Yesterday, we spent some time amending the Environmental Assessment Act, but we find now that the bill before us today, the National Environment Protection Council (Northern Territory) Bill, refers specifically to environmental impact assessment in schedule 3 to the agreement. The fascinating thing is that, from reading schedule 3, it appears that what we did yesterday does not comply with schedule 3. I am wonder whether the minister will be introducing a further series o f amendments to the Environmental Assessment Act to ensure that it conforms with schedule 3 or whether we will be left again with an area that is not up to scratch in terms o f the bill that is before us. Does this bill actually take precedence? As the minister said, these are the minimum standards and, if governments want to pass better legislation in relation to environmental protection, they are able to do so. I gather that he is implying that this will be the basis for environmental assessments rather than our own act because that our own legislation is not up to the same standard as this. The opposition supports the bill. I look forward to the ministers response to my queries. Mr COULTER (Conservation): Mr Speaker, for some time, the Northern Territory government has thought that some of the anti-pollution devices and procedures that have been required o f automotive engines that are used in densely populated areas such as Melbourne and Sydney are a nonsense at Lajamanu and Hermannsburg. The same can be said in particular for road trains travelling across the Northern Territory. Any devices that are fitted to road trains may impede horsepower developments that are available. For example, the new computer-controlled electronic injection systems enable the horsepower o f trucks to be improved from 200 horsepower to 800 horsepower by someone sitting in an office, whether it is in Darwin or Townsville. You can simply dial up the horsepower you want for a particular road train at a particular time. Many o f these vehicles - such as GMS and Cummins, to name only 2 engines - now have this as an optional extra. This is the technology o f the future. While the truck is traversing a mountain range, you can give the driver 600 horsepower and reduce that to 200 or 300 horsepower when it is travelling on the flat. Mr Bailey: Compared with the rest o f Australia, we do not have many mountains. Mr COULTER: Compared with the rest o f Australia, most o f our traffic is generated from South Australia, the eastern seaboard or Western Australia where they do travel through that type o f country. Mr Bailey: However, they have to comply with ... Mr COULTER: I am telling you that this kind o f technology is available. I f a truck is working on a mine site and has 3 or even 4 trailers or if it is pulling 130 t sidetippers, 1834

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