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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
21 November 2002
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today welcomed the strong leadership embodied in the Prime Minister's speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) in Sydney last night.
"For the first time in Australia's history a Prime Minister has outlined a whole of government approach on energy issues.
"There is an opportunity for Australia, with its wealth of energy resources - renewable and non-renewable - to lead the world in developing an integrated energy policy which advances our economic and environmental competitiveness.
"As outlined by the Prime Minister our policy goal will tackle both our environmental and our energy concerns to sustain the environment and to continue Australia's economic growth.
"Our energy policy aims to support that economic growth and provides the resources to develop new technologies that will help deliver environmental benefits like cleaner air and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
"I look forward to working with the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Treasurer and the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources as we develop this policy.
"I also welcome the Prime Minister's words on the need for clearly defined and nationally recognised property rights for water and the need for the states to accelerate reform in this area."
Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400