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Wednesday, 29 April 1987
Page: 1983

Senator NEWMAN —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment. I remind the Minister that the Government treated the Lemonthyme and Southern Forests (Commission of Inquiry) Bill as an urgent Bill, and to that end kept the Senate sitting for an extra day nearly four weeks ago, on 3 April. Can the Minister tell the Senate why such an urgent Bill did not receive assent until 16 April? When will this so-called urgent legislation be proclaimed? Have the members of the Commission yet been selected? If so, who are they and when will they be announced? When will they commence sitting, and what funds have been provided for the inquiry?

Senator RYAN —An announcement will be made in due course. As to the specific part of Senator Newman's question, I will have to seek that information from the Minister.

Senator NEWMAN —Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. As definitions are often pretty important in this place, will the Minister give us her definition of `in due course'?

Senator RYAN —When the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment has made his decisions.