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Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
11 March 2002
Kelvin Thomson today refused to take my advice to do his homework before rushing to the media. He should have. He's made yet another blue. He's just issued a press release saying the following:
"David Kemp's press release on Saturday said that "no exploration will be allowed on the Reef if it significantly impacts on the World Heritage Area."
Kelvin, if you can't even quote accurately, no-one is going to take you seriously.
In fact the release reads:
"No drilling for oil and gas on the Reef or in the World Heritage Area will be allowed."
My Saturday release also says:
"No exploration will be allowed outside the Reef if it significantly impacts on the World Heritage Area."
Mr Thomson still doesn't seem to understand that mining on the Reef is banned. Nor is any mineral prospecting on the Reef under consideration.
Mr Thomson also wants to know what "significantly impacts" means. I refer him to my answer in Question Time today:
"There will be no drilling for oil and gas on the Reef. There will be no drilling in the World Heritage Area. And there will be no exploration allowed outside the Reef if it damages the World Heritage Area."
"Significantly impact" means "damage". That should be clear enough even for the confused Shadow Minister.
My answer today also included the following:
"The new Shadow Minister .. constantly puts on the public record foolish, inaccurate and in this case quite unjustified statements".
Kelvin has proven me right once again.
Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400