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Tuesday, 25 May 1993
Page: 1174


Senator TIERNEY (12.15 p.m.) —I have some comments to make with regard to the Hunter landcare and environment action program. In the course of the Estimates Committee B hearing I was informed that the program organiser, Father John McPherson, could not have gained the impression that that program had received the go-ahead. Father McPherson has forwarded to me detailed correspondence from the department which gave him the clear impression that funding for this program would soon be available. Will the Minister explain why emergency funding for Father McPherson was not approved when his entire program was in jeopardy and has now, in fact, possibly closed down—his phone was due to be cut off last Thursday?