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Thursday, 30 June 1994
Page: 2391

Senator DEVEREUX —I seek leave to make a personal explanation as I claim to have been misrepresented.

  Leave granted.

Senator DEVEREUX —I refer to the same article on the front page of today's Age. I wish to indicate that that article is totally wrong when it claims that I, as a Tasmanian member, attacked the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator Faulkner). The minister and the statement that he put out on the environment have my absolute support. Anyone in attendance at that meeting last night who came out of it and said anything different is playing very recklessly with the truth. If in fact I have even the mildest criticism of the statement by the minister, it is that it does not go quite far enough in some areas of the protection of our native forests. But I will take that up with the minister, and I hope we will move a little further in the future.