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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1990)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1990)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Tuesday 27 February 1990 Mr HATTON: Mr Speaker, it has not even been decided whether we will stay wi th a PER or go to an EIS and whether it wi 11 be referred to the people for consideration. It has not even reached the minister. I have not yet been advised whether it has actually been received by the Conservation Commission formally for consideration, although obviously we are aware that such a document is under preparation and is being considered. Mr Ede: Are you going to release it publicly? Mr Manzie: You just wait and see. Mr Ede: It is being considered, is it? Members interjecting. Mr HATTON: Mr Speaker, I am not going to deal with the clownish behaviour of members opposite. If they want to carryon like that, let them do so at their own peril. I came here today to discuss what I believe is one of the most significant environmental issues confronting the world today. It is true that nobody can predict accurately the consequences, climatically or otherwise, of what is known as the Greenhouse Effect. What is irrefutably factua 1 is that the proportion of greenhouse ga ses in the atmosphere is increasing, has been increasing since the 18th century and is continuing to increase. What is irrefutably factual is that it is causing a general warming of the globe. What is irrefutably factual is that the level of industrialisation and population growth, and the consequent increase in food, both animal and vegetable, is causing a greater emission of greenhouse gases than ever before and that, with programs of deforestation, fora multitude of reasons, the abil ity to absorb that carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is reducing. That is what is causing the build up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Without doubt, if we are to act responsibly as a world community" we must seek to re-establish a balance in the carbon cycle. That is the issue with which the Noordwijk conference dealt. I feel very proud of the fact that I was the only state minister invited to participate as part of the Austral ian delegation to the conference. It is a compliment to Northern Territorians that I was given that opportunity and it was very disappointing to hear the Deputy Leader of the Opposition making snide references to my attendance as being some sort of ministerial junket. It was the first major international political conference on environmental/and atmospheric pollution and its effect is potentially at least as significant as that of the Montreal conference which led to the adoption of the world ozone strategy and recognised the risk of ozone depletion resulting from the use of CFCs and BFCs. There have already been results from the Noordwijk conference. A fo 11 OW-up conference was held inCa i ro in December and further conferences will be held this year, including the United Nations General Assembly, as the world moves towards adopting a ,strategy to deal with this very significant environmental issue. If members opposite want to trivialise that, they may do so at their peril. I believe that it is responsible behaviour to inform thi s House about the significance of what is happening around the world. The honourable members on the crossbenches recogni sed that and addressed the issues. Unfortunately, the members of the Labor Party sought yet again to trivialise everything in this parliament. 8780