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Friday, 3 April 1987
Page: 1837


Senator NEWMAN(12.09) —I have a question for the Minister concerning the interpretation of clause 16 (1) and the various paragraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d) that follow. I draw the Minister's attention to the fact that that clause states what is unlawful for a person to do during the interim period. Paragraph (a) says that it is unlawful:

. . . for the purposes of, or in the course of carrying out, forestry operations . . .

to do a number of things. The clause lists some more things in (b), (c) and (d). Am I to understand from this that, if a person kills, cuts down or damages a tree, or constructs or establishes a road or track; or carries out any excavation work or does any other act, provided it is not in the carrying out of forestry operations, it would be perfectly acceptable? In other words, will this legislation allow a person to cut down trees, make roads, carry out excavation work, et cetera, in starting up a mining operation or a tourist chalet?