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Resource security committee move prolongs political football



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Senator John Coulter Australian Democrats Leader NEWS R E L E A S E

25 March 1992 92/

Resource security committee move prolongs political football

In sending the Government's resource security legislation to a committee the Opposition has kicked off the next round of political football, Australian Democrat Leader Senator John Coulter said tonight.

Slamming the Opposition's move as a publicity stunt he said condemning the Forest Conservation and Development Bill to an unnecessary Senate committee inquiry and lengthy Senate debate would cost the taxpayers enormously.

"This is an appalling waste of time and money, simply because neither Labor nor the Coalition want to take responsibility for scrapping the Bill, even though neither wants it to pass."

"The Oppposition is retaliating to the Government's ploy of delaying debate on the Bill to maximise industry pressure on the Opposition.

"Their response has been to adopt the amendments proposed by the National Association of Forest Industries, even though those amendments are in conflict with one of the Opposition's major objections to the Bill.

"The Coalition is banking on the Government refusing to accept the amendments, thus attracting industry criticism as consideration of the amendments is dragged out by the inquiry and Senate debate.

The bill goes to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs, to report Thursday week.

Contact: Senator Coulter 06 277 3646 a/h 06 299 1925

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