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Thursday, 26 March 1987
Page: 1421


Senator WALTERS(6.13) —I was very interested to hear the Special Minister of State (Senator Tate) say `not unduly jeopardise' the Tasmanian industry. We have had assurance after assurance from the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) that no jobs will be lost. Those are words that the Prime Minister has used-`no jobs will be lost'. The Minister comes and tells us that the result of this Bill will not unduly jeopardise the Tasmanian forestry industry. We are told in the explanatory memorandum to the Bill that what the Government will do will have the `least detriment to the Tasmanian forestry industry' and on jobs. I ask the Minister whether that means that the Prime Minister's original statement that no jobs will be lost has now succumbed to the Minister's `unduly jeopardise' and the Bill's `least detriment'. Are we no longer supposed to rely on the promise by the Prime Minister that no jobs will be lost?