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Wednesday, 23 March 1994
Page: 2086


Senator COULTER (4.38 p.m.) —I am disappointed with the government's response to this matter. Our estimate, which is in the budget proposals we put to government, is that the amount might be some $10 million rather than the $2 million mentioned—although I have to agree with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator Sherry) that it is rather hard to estimate those things accurately.

  In relation to the other amendments which I have announced that I will not be proceeding with, I wonder whether the parliamentary secretary would give an assurance—given the fact that the National Trust, the Heritage Commission and other bodies associated with this would like to see this cap removed or certainly extended, and would also like to see natural areas included—that these matters would be given consideration over the coming year or so. Could he also assure us that when we deal with another amending bill, which we will do in the next year or so, we might look forward to some improvement along the lines of the amendments that I have suggested?

  The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator McGauran)—For clarification, Senator Coulter, we will take it that you do not wish to move any more amendments at all and that you are withdrawing all amendments.


Senator Coulter —No. I will be moving other amendments which are standing in the name of Senator Kernot.