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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8084

Senator IAN MACDONALD (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) (3:33 AM) —The government will be opposing these amendments. I am not quite sure what the Labor Party's view of them is, but I certainly hope that they will also oppose them. We do not support any changes to the legislative terms of reference for the statutory review. As Dr Kemp has indicated, all interested parties have been invited to contribute to the scope of the review. It is the stated intention of parliament, through the legislation, that the statutory review will be independent. Given the minister's undertaking to consider the submissions on the scope and the independent nature of the review, it is unnecessary and counterproductive to amend the legislation. Senator Eggleston has indicated to me that, in fact, the committee is already dealing with this issue and, again, I urge the Senate to vote against this amendment.