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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8066


Senator BROWN (1:59 AM) —The document, whatever it was, was not supplied to me. But what the minister says is that, on that very important question, he has no document—no correspondence with the state government, none with the Forest Practices Board, none with the forest authorities in Tasmania, none with his own forestry advisers in Canberra, none with the environmental authorities and none which could elucidate the important matters that were put to him. What a minister! What a failure he is, as Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, in carrying out his responsibility to the Senate and to the wider public. I commend the amendments to the chamber. I note that Labor is not going to support the amendments and neither is the government, but I still think these are very important amendments and should be getting the support of all components of the Senate tonight.

Question put:

That the amendments (Senator Brown's) be agreed to.