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Wednesday, 14 May 1997
Page: 3297


Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate)(12.15 p.m.) —The opposition will support this amendment on the basis that the Minister for the Environment would have the final decision on a matter where two ministers are in disagreement. Again, we offer the hand of friendship here to Senator Hill to assist him in the battles that we would like him to have within government to protect the environment, the battles that it appears he will just shy away from or turn his back on. It is disappointing, Senator Hill, that you will not take up the cudgels on behalf of protecting the environment. We are doing our best to help you. Please have the generosity of spirit to accept our assistance.