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Series ID20162
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TitleReports of the Royal Commission Into Exploratory and Production Drilling for Petroleum in the Area of the Great Barrier Reef
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Start Date Circa 1/2/1974
End Date Circa 30/10/1974
Date Statement The dates represent the date of the first report by Counsel assisting the Commissioners, and the date of the actual report handed down by the Royal Commission.
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Reports by Counsel assisting and final Report by Royal Commissioner

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How To Use Series For a more comprehensive overview of the Commission's findings, it is useful to study both Counsels' report and the final Report of the Royal Commission.
 

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Series IDTitleRelationship
16542Indexes to Transcripts of ProceedingsComplements
1043Premier's Batch FilesComplements
20163Secretary's Subject FilesComplements
16536Transcripts of ProceedingsComplements
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Copyright State of Queensland
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National Archives of Australia holds a copy of the final Report of the Royal Commission.
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Description

The series consists of two separate reports. The first report is the Final Address by Counsel Assisting the Commissioners, and comprises four volumes, plus appendices. Although undated, the report appears to have been provided circa February 1974 and is authored by the three assisting counsels - Woodward, Hampson and Moynihan. The volumes provide a summative interpretation of the evidence received during the Commission's lengthy proceedings and appears to have been produced in order to assist the Commissioners assess the evidence in their response to the Royal Commission's terms of reference. Each volume has its own index with categories reflecting the specific aspects of investigation, for example the Great Barrier Reef's geology, biology and meteorology; drilling technology, storage of petroleum and shipping; threats to marine environment, and environmental concerns such as the 'crown-of-thorns' starfish.

The second report is the actual Report by the Royal Commission which comprises two volumes, and was presented to the Governor-General and to the Governor of Queensland by the Chairman of the Royal Commission, Sir Gordon Wallace, on 30 October 1974. The Report was released to the public on 19 December 1974 and made available through the Australian Government Printing Service as a publication. The Report was tabled in the House of Representatives on 11 February 1975.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Series ID 20162, Reports of the Royal Commission Into Exploratory and Production Drilling for Petroleum in the Area of the Great Barrier Reef
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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