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Wednesday, 15 July 1998
Page: 6121


Mr MILES (1:08 PM) —This issue having been debated in Australia now for approximately 12 years, as with the minister and the government having undertaken very extensive consultation on it, there is no need for it to have another month of consultation.

Just going back to the detail, we invited contributions from 49 different stakeholders throughout the country in every relevant state—Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia—and also national stakeholders in the industry. There was a whole range of different people: those from the union movement, the forest industries, the National Farmers Federation, the conservation movement, and so on. Right throughout this country and throughout every relevant state, consultation was invited. Not only that, but we received submissions from 32 stakeholders. Those consultations have been taken into account in regard to this legislation.

The Labor Party has talked about this and has had committees on it over the years it was in government. It is now time for action. This government is taking action in regard to this matter. There is no need for one more month of consultation, when this has been debated in this country for at least 12 years. We are opposed to extending any more time on this issue. We are opposed to the motion.

Question resolved in the negative.