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Thursday, 26 March 1987
Page: 1422


Senator TATE (Special Minister of State)(6.17) —I think Senator Walters will find when she reads the Hansard that, in using the term `unduly jeopardise', I was taking into account the actual time and duration of the conduct of the inquiry. I had in mind when I used those terms that, of course, compensation provisions are built into the Bill to deal with the fact that during the inquiry, when there are certain moratoriums in operation, there may be individual cases where forestry workers will need compensation because their particular employment in that region or area is jeopardised because they cannot in fact work in the area in which they had intended to work.

Of course, the ultimate guideline for the inquiry is to come up with a solution, which means, as Senator Walters has quoted, `the least detriment' is done to the forestry operations that are envisaged. As the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) said, employment is a very important aspect and we are very conscious of the fact that the inquiry has to come up with a solution which does not, through the variation of the areas which may be logged, affect employment opportunities for Tasmanians. That is quite apart, of course, from the fact that, with different technologies being introduced all the time, employment prospects may be affected even over the course of the next 12 months simply due to the new technology that is constantly being introduced into the forestry products industry.