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15 July 1997

DFAT OPENS CLIMATE CHANGE WEBSITE

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today opened an INTERNET website that provides an overview of Australia's approach to the international climate change negotiations.

It is a comprehensive collection of documents, speeches, statements and submissions. The website itself is easy to navigate and expansive, listing several other key related Government websites. The contents will be updated regularly.

The website further complements Government efforts to inform the Australian public of all the issues involved in the negotiations, and the implications of possible outcomes for the Australian economy.

The information should be of considerable interest to a wide audience covering State, Territory and local governments, business, NGOs, community groups and the media.

Detailed presentations on Australia's position were given by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Downer, and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Peter Grey, in speeches at the Melbourne Business School last week. The texts of both these speeches can be found on the website.

The website address is:

http://www.dfat.gov.au/environment/climate/