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Tuesday, 15 October 2002
Page: 5185

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) (6:40 PM) —I again thank Senator McLucas for raising the issue but, as she would no doubt have had it reported to her, there was quite a bit of discussion about this—not by Mr Palaszczuk or me, I might add, but by other parties at the last PZJA meeting. I understand that there is possibly some rearrangement of the Management Advisory Committee process but, as I recall, some different approaches were spoken about and it was left to the TSRA to resolve which was the best way to move forward on that. There were questions of resources. In fact, the PZJA does not currently have a budget. Queensland and the Commonwealth pick up the bill in a certain precise and auditable way—although in what appears to me to be an imprecise way. Issues about resourcing and who pays for what are to be discussed in the fullness of time, and the number of management committees and who constitutes them will, to some degree, be dependent upon resources available and agreement on who should be on which committee and how they should operate.