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Media Release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

16 December 2005

New Supervising Scientist announced

Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, has announced the appointment of Mr Alan Hughes as the new Supervising Scientist for the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory.

Mr Hughes succeeds Dr Arthur Johnston who retired in October.

"I congratulate Mr Hughes on his appointment to this position," Mr Hunt said.

"The position of Supervising Scientist was established in 1978 as a result of recommendations made by Mr Justice Fox in the landmark Ranger Uranium Environmental Inquiry, also known as the Fox Inquiry, which was conducted between 1975 and 1977."

"The Supervising Scientist and his staff play a key role in ensuring that the Alligator Rivers Region, including the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, remain protected from the effects of uranium mining," Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hughes was previously Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Supervising Scientist, and before joining the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage was Uranium Advisor to the Northern Territory Department of Business, Industry and Resource Development. Mr Hughes also has extensive experience in project and support services management in the exploration sector of the mining industry throughout Australia. He holds an Honours degree in science from the University of New England.

"I am confident Mr Hughes brings the necessary skill and experience to the Office of Supervising Scientist and I look forward to a prosperous working relationship with him," Mr Hunt said.

Media contact:
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's office) 02 6277 2276 or 0415 740 722

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