Yearbook of International Environmental Law - Vol. 7

By Günther Handl; Jutta Brunnée et al. | Go to book overview

thought that stronger measures were necessary to curb pollution, to manage the landscape, and to protect national parks and forests. The report also notes difficulties New Zealand has been experiencing in translating the Environment 2010 Strategy into practical changes in economic decisions and practices, particularly as a result of the lack of useful information.


(e) Miscellaneous

The Hazardo 1 us Substances and New Organisms Act 1996, and the Fisheries Act 1996, both noted in previous New Zealand entries to the YbIEL, were passed.

Grant Hewison


17. AUSTRALIA

(1) Nuclear Weapons Testing

(a) French Nuclear Testing

Australia continued in early 1996 to express its opposition to France's testing of nuclear weapons at Mururoa and Fangataufa Atolls in French Polynesia. The subsequent decision by France to suspend its testing program prematurely, and to close all French nuclear testing sites in the Pacific was strongly endorsed by Australia.


(b) 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

As part of its response to the resumption of French Nuclear Testing in 1995, Australia worked within the UN system for the adoption of a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Negotiations on the Treaty took place throughout 1996 at the Conference on Disarmament. However, difficulties arose when the delegates were not able to reach consensus on key provisions of the draft Treaty. Australia worked with other like-minded countries to secure co-sponsorship and support for a UN General Assembly resolution adopting the Treaty, which received overwhelming support on 10 September.


(2) Australia's Implementation of International Environmental Law

The newly elected Liberal/National Party coalition government announced in 1996 changes to the domestic procedures concerning the adoption of international agreements, conventions, and treaties. The changes included the creation of a Treaties Council, revised Principles and Procedures for Commonwealth-State Consultation on Treaties, and a new Joint Standing Parliamentary Committee on Treaties. In addition, all international instruments will now be subject to a "National Interest Analysis" to be presented to the Australian Parliament at least 15 sitting days prior to Australia formally adopting the instrument. Throughout the course of 1996, national

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