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Thursday, 29 May 1997
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Senator BROWNHILL (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy)(12.56 p.m.) —I would like to thank everyone for their contribution. But I would like to mention a couple of points briefly. There are two issues which have been raised by Senator Lees. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority has 10 management advisory or consultative committees which provide technical advice on the administration of each fishery. Four of the committees currently have environmental members and another four have environmental observers.

Over the next few years, AFMA will be appointing environmental members to all of its management committees as the terms of the committees' current members come to an end. AFMA appoints people to its committee system on the basis of their expertise. Accordingly, the environmental members will be drawn from a range of sources, including government agencies and the academic community. AFMA currently pays the travel costs of its management advisory committee members but not the travel costs of the permanent observers on these committees. The minister will be writing to the chairman of AFMA, requesting that the authority pay the travel costs of the permanent observers who are not employed by the government agencies. That is for the benefit of the Democrat amendment.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.