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Wednesday, 18 March 1987
Page: 1071

Mr MILES(5.58) —It is important at this stage to note the nonsense in this sort of amendment coming before the chamber. As the honourable member for Lyons (Mr Burr) has said, it is obvious that the Government is running scared on the issue, and it has now changed the grid lines to take out those areas to make sure that the 200 people in the north-west of Tasmania retain their jobs. As we were saying, jobs will be lost. They would have been lost, and they will still be lost under this legislation. The Government has tried to minimise the impact by excising small areas. This amendment mentions compensation. Quite frankly, Tasmanians are sick and tired of being treated paternalistically and having parts of our State ripped out of our hands and then being told that we will be compensated. We are sick and tired of that.

This is a domestic issue. It is an issue which should be controlled by the Tasmanian Government and the Tasmanian people but the Federal people want to take it out of the hands of the State. We are sick and tired of being treated in that fashion. We do not want to be compensated. What we want is to be able to control our own affairs as the Constitution intended. The Minister has come into this chamber and he has said that there will only be 60 hectares in one coupe and so many in another coupe which will add up to a small area. The experience of the Tasmanian people is that these inquiries are never objective. They are just a blind so that governments and bureaucracies can take a certain course and con the rest of the people; that is what they are all about. We have learnt about that over the years.

We do not want to have a bar of this style of inquiry set up by a government that is already dead against us. That is what the Tasmanian people are arguing about. This really has nothing to do with logging; it is about the interference by a Federal government in a domestic issue. We do not want that sort of compensation and we do not want that sort of paternalism by a Federal government which seems to think that Tasmanian people are unable to make up their minds on an issue. We want to have control, as we ought to have, of our own affairs.