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Transcript 9873

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER, THE HON P J KEATING MP OCEANS POLICY

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Keating, Paul

Period of Service: 20/12/1991 to 11/03/1996

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Release Date: 08/12/1995

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 9873

PRIME MINISTER 144/ 95
STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER, THE HON P J KEATING MP
OCEANS POLICY
The Government has agreed to a proposal for the development of a coordinated national
policy on the management of Australia's marine resource. Given the importance of this
issue and that it crosses many areas of Government activity, I have asked my Department
to coordinate development of the oceans policy. Extensive consultation will take place in
1996 to ensure that the views and interests of all parts of the community are considered.
An integrated oceans policy for Australia will assist in dealing with problems in the marine
environment, taking the opportunities offered by our marine areas, and meeting our
obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea for our Exclusive
Economic Zone ( EEZ).
The opportunities provided by Australia's marine environment are likely to increase
considerably as technology advances. We need to position ourselves to take these
opportunities in the EEZ as they arise, as well as ensuring that current uses of marine
resources are efficient and sustainable. The overall goal of the policy should be to provide
the vision that will promote the efficient, sustainable use of Australia's marine resources in
the EEZ while conserving the biological base of those resources. It will also need to
consider the needs of indigenous people in marine resource use and management.
This is an important issue that will benefit from the input from scientists at today's meeting
of my Science and Engineering Council ( PMSEC).
The discussion at the PMSEC meeting was a significant contribution to our approach to
marine science. At the meeting, an expert group of scientists presented a paper titled
Australia's Ocean Age: Science and Technology for Managing our Ocean Territory. They
argued that innovative and sustainable use of marine resources is increasingly likely to
make a significant contribution to Australia's economic prosperity.
CANBERRA 8 DECEMBER 1995
Further information:
Office of the Chief Scientist:
Dr Guy Vemney
( 06) 271 5209
The paper " Australia's Ocean Age: Science and Technology for Managing our Ocean Terrtory" is
available from the PM's Press Office, the Office of the Chief Scientist, or from Australian Government
Publishing Service outlets. It is also available on the world wide web at:
http:/ twww. nia. gov. au/ pmr./ ocs/ ocean. html

Transcript 9873