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Thursday, 26 March 1987
Page: 1377

Senator WATSON(12.25) —I draw the Minister's attention to Hansard of 18 February 1986. The Minister for Finance, Senator Walsh, on behalf of the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Kerin), responded to a question raised by Senator Sanders. His comments support the argument that has been put forward by Senator Walters and me. That answer acknowledges that the Government has agreed to the management plan. Senator Walsh stated:

The Government does not propose to limit logging in the area beyond those limits already proposed in the Tasmanian Forestry Commission's 1983 management plan.

I quote further sections of Hansard:

I am advised that operations planned and being undertaken in the normal management process by the State Forestry Commission do not compromise the proposed arrangements.

The Minister further stated in relation to these two proposed areas:

These areas are two parts of some 37 National Estate areas considered by the Government in its decision of 16 December. Consistent with the decision and the documents that were circulated publicly by the Minister for Primary Industry, there are a large number of areas where management planning for the period has not been completed. The Commonwealth will be ensuring that its views will be taken into account in respect of any operations.

I put to the Committee that those are the other areas which have not been subject to a management plan and to which the Minister incorrectly referred, but, at the same time, tried to draw in the Lemonthyme with the other areas that have not been considered.

Senator Gietzelt —I have no comment.

Senator Walters —He will not answer.

The CHAIRMAN —The Minister is not obliged to answer.