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Tuesday, 23 September 1997
Page: 6733


Senator SHERRY (Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a)   condemns the Federal Government for siphoning monies from the Natural Heritage Trust to fund the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement;

(b)   notes, with concern, the precedent that this could set in negotiating regional forest agreements in other parts of Australia; and

(c)   calls on the Federal Government to expedite the signing of the Regional Forest Agreement in Tasmania by providing adequate monies that have not been diverted from the Natural Heritage Trust, to end the uncertainty over industry and environment outcomes.