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Wednesday, 25 February 1987
Page: 597

Senator WALTERS —I direct my question to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. The Minister will be aware of Mr Hawke's plan to introduce a Bill which will have the effect of preventing logging in the Lemonthyme and southern forests regions of Tasmania and that compensation will be payable to those who are affected. Will the Minister inform the Senate: Will those entitled to claim compensation include all persons who directly obtain their livelihood from logging operations, for example, logging and haulage contractors, as well as the companies; will the same compensation also be payable to those who indirectly derive income from the existence of logging operations, such as machinery dealers, repairers and component suppliers; will the Tasmanian Department of Forests be entitled to compensation because of lost royalties; who will administer the legislation and what powers will be available to that body in its task; what records will need to be provided by claimants in order to justify their claims for compensation; will there be a sunset clause in the legislation so that it does not become a back door method of banning logging in the area; is the legislation a rebuke of the Minister for Primary Industry who, despite all his efforts--

The PRESIDENT —Order! Senator Walters, the question is far too long. Could you bring it to a conclusion.

Senator WALTERS —This is the last point-has not been able to abide by the agreement with the Tasmanian Government he signed just a few months ago?

Senator BUTTON —The legislation which has been referred to in the Press relates to a series of negotiations between the Tasmanian Government and the Federal Government to try to reach agreement about the facts-facts relevant to a very difficult situation in the Lemonthyme area relating to logging. Insofar as the question goes to details of that legislation, I ask Senator Walters to put it on notice as it is a very detailed question.