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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

6 October 2004

Minister refutes Northern Territory environment claim

The Minister for the Environment, Senator Ian Campbell, today refuted a claim that the Howard Government had not addressed the Northern Territory's environment concerns.

He said the claim, by the NT Environment Centre's campaign coordinator, Peter Robertson, was "plainly wrong and so far from the truth that it's absurd."

Senator Campbell said the Territory would benefit from the $2 billion Australian Water Fund and a range of projects under the Natural Heritage Trust.

"The Northern Territory has received just over $31.8 million from the first phase of the NHT and will receive a another $20.7 million over the next three years under the next phase," he said.

"In addition, up to a further $6 million will be invested in the Territory in the next three years on projects under the National Action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality, as well as a share of the annual $20 million Envirofund."

"I am surprised at Mr Robertson's apparent ignorance of these facts especially given that his organisation has received $599,818 from the Howard Government in the past five years."

Commonwealth of Australia