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Wednesday, 23 March 1994
Page: 2061


Senator CHAMARETTE —I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Resources. Has the minister approved the logging in coupes 320A and 311D in the Quamby Bluff-Jackeys Marsh area of Tasmania's north? Has the minister approved the expenditure of Helsham compensation money to pay for a plantation on coupe 320A?


Senator COLLINS —I have to confess I have not flown in that particular coupe myself, but will refer Senator Chamarette's question for the detailed response that she needs to the Minister for Resources and get an answer back as soon as possible.


Senator CHAMARETTE —Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. How much notice of a question without notice has to be given to a minister representing a minister in another place in order to get a satisfactory answer? Why is 24 hours not sufficient?


Senator COLLINS —There seems to be a communications problem here. By definition, a question without notice requires no notice. I have no indication in any brief before me—not that I am doubting Senator Chamarette's word—that this question was to be asked today, so I personally have had no notice of it. I reiterate that a question without notice, by definition, is a question without notice and does not require any notice at all. If honourable senators—and again, I think this is stating the obvious—require detailed answers about which particular coupes of the hundreds of forestry coupes around the place are being cut down, they should provide prior notice. That is a matter for the senator concerned. If the coupes concerned are 320A and 311D—


Senator Chamarette —Yes, 320A.


The PRESIDENT —Order! The minister's time has expired.


Senator COLLINS —I will provide the honourable senator with the information after question time.