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Committee delegates attend Antarctic Parliamentarians Assembly in London

Issue date: Wednesday, 4 December 2019

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After 60 years of the Antarctic Treaty, the future of the region is the focus of an international assembly to manage the issues affecting the global asset for the future.

The Chair of Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories, Mr Keith Pitt MP along with Committee member, Mr Warren Snowdon MP, are representing the Committee at the first ever Antarctic Parliamentarians Assembly in London.

The event has brought together parliamentarians from across the 54 signatories to the Treaty.

Mr Pitt said the Assembly was an important opportunity for Parliamentarians to discuss how challenges facing Antarctica could be addressed.

“Some of the topics to be discussed include whether Antarctica can be future proofed, as well as tourism in Antarctica, and whether the presence of people can support environmental protection,” he said.

“Australia was one of the 12 original signatories of the Antarctic Treaty and just this week the Australian Government has announced a $58.8 million commitment to strengthen our scientific and environmental leadership in Antarctica.”

Parliamentarians from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and Ukraine attended the Assembly.

Media inquiries

Mr Keith Pitt MP, Chair
(Liz Carson, Media Adviser)
E: Elisabeth.Carson@aph.gov.au
T: 0427 653 814

For background information

Committee Secretariat
E: jscncet@aph.gov.au
T: 02 6277 4355

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