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Senator Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment
16 April 1996
Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says a media statement today by the Australian Conservation Foundation on uranium mining in the Kakadu area is misleading.
The statement refers to a private meeting between the Minister and the ACF in Sydney yesterday.
The statement claims the Minister was "sympathetic" to the ACF's call for a public inquiry into uranium mining in the Kakadu area.
In fact, Senator Hill put forward several arguments as to why such an inquiry was not necessary, including the fact that the Fox Inquiry had already examined the issues involved.
The Minister has today ruled out a public inquiry.
Senator Hill has reaffirmed his commitment to a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement on any proposal to mine in the Kakadu area.
He has also restated his pledge that there will be no short cuts and no secret deals when it comes to assessing the environmental impact of any mining proposal.
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