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Tuesday, 15 October 2002
Page: 5184


Senator IAN MACDONALD (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) (6:33 PM) —There is an independent allocation process going on at the present time, in which all parties are involved. There are, I suspect, different ways you can get to the right conclusion. I want to ensure that we avail ourselves of every opportunity that will give us the result that best suits most of the people involved. It is, some might say, a slow process; I like to think of it more as a careful process. The fisheries managers, the professionals and the independent allocation authority will, I hope, with the input of those who are vitally concerned—in many cases their livelihoods depend upon it—get us to a result that everyone can live with and which people will accept as the right result even though they may not be happy with it.