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Thursday, 17 February 2000
Page: 13882


Mr Bevis asked the Minister for Forestry and Conservation, upon notice, on 6 December 1999:

(1) Did he state in his answer to question No. 712 (Hansard, 24 August 1999, page 8981) that considerable resources would be required to research the answer to the question across the portfolio which would represent an unwarranted diversion of the resources of the Department.

(2) Is he able to say whether answers to that question have been provided by all Ministers, except the Minister for Justice and Customs and the Attorney-General.

(3) Will he now answer the question; if not, why is his Department the only Department unable to provide the information sought.


Mr Tuckey (Minister for Forestry and Conservation and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry answered question No. 712 on my behalf.

(2) Whether or not other Ministers have answered that question will be a matter of public record.

(3) I am still advised that considerable resources would be required to research the answers to these questions across the portfolio. This would still represent an unwarranted diversion of the resources of the department. A diversion that I am still not prepared to authorise.