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Thursday, 25 May 1989
Page: 2745


Senator COOK (Minister for Resources)(8.06) —I think Senator Hill is probably aware that the matter he has referred to is contained in a discussion paper that the Department of Finance has put out. Because it is canvassed by that discussion paper, it would be inappropriate for me to give the assurance or undertaking that he so eloquently invites me to do, until such time as the Department has had a chance to deal with the responses to the discussion paper and form an opinion based on them. I thank him for his interest in the subject, but I do not think it is appropriate for me to respond in the way in which he has invited me to do at the moment.