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Inquiry Details

Oil Spills in Sydney Harbour

The Hon John Jobling MLC (Liberal Party) will be representing the Hon John Ryan MLC (Liberal Party) for the purposes of this inquiry. Government Response

House resolved 30 November 1999, 2nd Session, Minutes No. 28, p 310. 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 regulator. 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.

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 regulator. 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.


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