House of Representatives Committees

House Standing Committee on Environment and Conservation

Inquiry into prevention and control of oil pollution in the marine environment


On 26 October 1978, the Standing Committee on Environment and Conservation tabled its report on the inquiry into prevention and control of oil pollution in the marine environment entitled Oil spills.

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This report is available in two parts to reduce download size.
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This report is comprised of preliminary pages, 8 chapters and 11 appendices.

Oil spills

Part A: Preliminary pages up to Chapter 5 (PDF 1625KB)
Terms of Reference, Committee Membership, Contents, Findings, List of Recommendations, Ministers with responsibility for implementing Recommendations

Ch1: Introduction

Ch2: Oil in the marine environment
Ch3: Causes of spills
Ch4: Methods of preventing spills
Ch5: Clean-up of oil spills

Part B: Chapter 6 to Appendix 11 (end) (PDF 2069KB)

Ch6: Current arrangements in Australia
Ch7: Assessment of current arrangements
Ch8: Future developments

Appendix 1: Witnesses
Appendix 2: Exhibits
Appendix 3: Submissions
Appendix 4: Glossary
Appendix 5: Present status of conventions
Appendix 6: Commonwealth/State administrative arrangements
Appendix 7: Distribution of Australia's anti-oil pollution combat equipment
Appendix 8: Legislation relating to oil pollution
Appendix 9: Recent oil spills in Australian waters
Appendix 10: Overseas arrangements for dealing with oil pollution
Appendix 11: President Carter's statement on oil pollution of the ocean to the US Congress, March 1977

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