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Thursday, 2 April 1987
Page: 1796

Senator RYAN (Minister for Education) —I seek leave to make a short explanation about something that was said in the Committee stage of the Lemonthyme and Southern Forests (Commission of Inquiry) Bill 1987.

Leave granted.

Senator RYAN —During that stage, Senator Newman sought to inquire as to the Government's expectations about compensation. I gave her a short answer which was that the Government does not expect to pay compensation because of the relatively short period of the inquiry and because logging areas in the southern forests are protected. However, the Bill provides for compensation for those directly affected. If people can establish losses they can seek compensation. The Government has also given a commitment in the second reading speech to consider ex gratia payments to people other than those directly affected if they have incurred losses due to the Bill having made certain acts unlawful.