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Thursday, 5 April 2001
Page: 26645

Mr Horne asked the Minister for Forestry and Conservation, upon notice, on 8 March 2001:

(1) What sum has been provided by the Federal Government to the timber industry in NSW under the Forest Industry Structural Adjustment Package (FISAP) over the past five years.

(2) Now that the Regional Forest Agreements have been signed by the Federal Government, will he give an assurance that FISAP money will start to flow immediately to the NSW timber industry for its vital reconstruction.

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 Commonwealth has paid $18,445,618 to the timber industry in NSW since 1995/96 under the NSW FISAP.

(2) The Southern Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) in NSW has not yet been finalised. It is my intention that FISAP in NSW will resume once the Southern RFA has been signed.