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Media Release
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers
for the Environment, Sport, Territories
and Local Government

Democrats Could Still Help Save Australia's Soil & Water Resources


10th September, 1996

"It is not too late for the Australian Democrats to support the $685 million package dedicated to soil and water environmental restoration measures contained in the Federal Government's $1.15 billion Natural Heritage Trust," Senator Ian Campbell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment said today.

Speaking at the 4th Annual Conference on Soil and Water Management for Urban Development in Sydney today, Senator Campbell told the conference that there were many points of agreement between the Democrats and the Government on the Natural Heritage Trust/Telstra package.

Senator Campbell said that in spite of the report from the Senate inquiry into the partial privatisation of Telstra, there are more areas of agreement than disagreement.

"Even on the issue of funding of the package the Democrats have on some occasions agreed to use Telstra revenue to pay for it. On other occasions they have said that the package should be funded from the budget," Senator Campbell said.

"It is not too late for the Democrats to help save our crucial soil and water resources."

Senator Campbell said that the recently released State of the Environment Report identifies and details the severity of Australia's soil and water problems.

"Through the Natural Heritage Trust, the Government has committed over $685 million to tackle these problems."

Senator Campbell concluded by listing Natural Heritage Trust programs that will directly assist soil and water management:

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