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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 To gi ve some idea of the magn itude of the problem we face to achi eve stabilisation of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, we would have to decrease average emissions resulting from fossil fuel burning and deforestation to no more than half a tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent per person per year by the year 2030, when the world's population is expected to be about 8 billion people. At present, global average carbon dioxide emi ss ion s are about 4 t per person per year. The reason for urgency in addressing the situation is largely because of the difficulty in reversing these trends. The replacement of coal by oil in the world economy took about 4 decades and a reafforestation program would take a similar length of time to have any major effect on carbon dioxide emissions. What are the solutions? The world is now struggling with that question. In my statement, I dealt broadly with some of the conflicting issues which must be addressed in the broad geopolitical and developmental environment, quite apart from the pure environmental and ecological arguments. That is the conflict facing the world. It is a conflict which, in my view, will inevitably dominate debate on the world economy, global development and the entire geopolitical environment. The confer~nce in Noordwijk marked the commencement of the world debate. There is undoubtedly a commona 1 ity of concern throughout the worl d, from the most industrialised to the least industrialised countries. When one hears representatives of nations talking about their pbpulati6ns starving as ~ consequence of their lands vanishing into the sea, not simply because of rising seas but because of erosion of their coastlines, one cannot escape the absolute seriousness with which this matter is viewed throughout the world. We are addressing these issues positively and seriously and, despite the members opposite, I will continue to bring before this parliament information on the continuing evolution of policies and objectives, world-wide, nationally and within the Northern Territory, so that the Northern Territory community can be as informed as possible and can become involved in dealing with the problems rationally. Motion agreed to. LEAVE OF ABSENCE Mr SMITH (Opposition Leader): Mr Speaker, I move that leave of absence for today be granted to the member for Arnhem who is engaged on electorate business. Motion agreed to. STATEMENT Prime Minister's 10-Point Plan Mr FINCH (Transport and Works): Mr Speaker, last December, together with other transport ministers around the country, I was summonsed to Canberra in remarkable circumstances. We were to attend a hastily convened conference, the subject of which was better known to the media than to the invited ministers. We were on a promise, if you like, that 'the Northern Territory would receive a share of a $110m road safety funding package. This was after the Territory had missed out on a $120m road funding top-up that was handed out to the states earlie~ in the year. 8781

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