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Friday, 3 April 1987
Page: 1843


Senator COLLARD (Leader of the National Party of Australia)(12.46) —I will not be calling for a division on the third reading. All Opposition senators who have spoken during the debate on the Lemonthyme and Southern Forests (Commission of Inquiry) Bill, particularly those from Tasmania, which the legislation affects directly, have fought hard. As I said in my speech during the second reading debate, the ramifications for this intervention go beyond State borders. We have already seen intervention by this Government in the legitimate affairs of the States-that is, land use decisions. It was for this reason that Opposition senators from all States took part in the second reading debate. As I said, the Tasmanian senators fought particularly hard during the Committee stage because of the direct and immediate implications that the legislation will have for a great industry in their State.