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Media Release
Senator the Hon. Robert Hill
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

Federal Budget 1999-2000

AUSTRALIA'S OCEANS POLICY - A WORLD FIRST


Funding in the Federal Budget will see the Howard Government deliver its undertaking to establish the world's first comprehensive, national plan to protect and manage oceans.

In the lead up to the October 1998 election, the Government committed itself to the development and implementation of an oceans policy for Australia.

On 23 December 1998, the Government released Australia's Oceans Policy and announced the allocation of $50 million over three years for a range of actions associated with its implementation. $20 million of this is contingent on the sale of the next tranche of Telstra.

The 1999/2000 Budget sees the Government meeting that commitment with expenditure for the implementation of Australia's Oceans Policy.

As a nation we have responsibility for one of the world's largest Exclusive Economic Zones. Among the key initial actions to be undertaken are:



With the launch of Australia's Oceans Policy in December and the funding from today's Budget, the Howard Government is making clear its commitment to ensuring the long term health and productivity of Australia's oceans and long term security for all ocean users.

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