The Hon John Jobling MLC (Liberal Party) will be representing the Hon John Ryan
MLC (Liberal Party) for the purposes of this inquiry.
That General Purpose Standing Committee No. 5 inquire into and report upon the
occurrence of oil spills in Sydney Harbour, and in particular:
the tourism and environmental values of the harbour and the level of threat
posed to them by
future oil spills,
how future oil spills could be prevented,
the necessity for a safety audit of the harbour, in view of the number of
spills which have occurred in it over the last five years, and what such an
audit should consist of, and
the appropriateness of the port operator also being a key environmental
That the Committee provide an interim report on the first sitting day in 2000.
That any documents presented to the Committee or evidence taken by the
Committee which, in the opinion of the Committee, may prejudice any prosecution
for the oil spill from the Laura D’Amato at Gore Cove on 3 August 1999, must be
considered in camera and not form part of any report to the House until the
legal proceedings have been concluded. The Committee is to have regard to any
submission from the Government in relation to a prosecution and may seek its
own legal advice.
Inquiry self-referred on 30 November 1999.