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Wednesday, 26 May 1993
Page: 1315

Senator TAMBLING (12.35 p.m.) —The Minister has just indicated an appalling lack of understanding of the processes of the Parliament. Various senators outlined their views on the second reading of these Great Barrier Reef Bills. But we are now in the committee stage of this legislation where it is appropriate to tax and question the details, administration and finetuning of the various provisions.

  For Senator Crowley to accuse Senator Macdonald of turning back on what he had said in his speech in the second reading debate is an absolute disgrace in terms of her understanding of the processes of this very committee. This committee has to get the legislation right. The issues very properly raised by Senator Macdonald go to the essence of the detail that will affect the administration of this legislation for hundreds of thousands of tourists per year and for thousands of tourist operators. If Senator Crowley cannot provide the detailed answers that are required of her as the Minister with carriage of this legislation, the committee stage should be postponed until such time as she can address what has been said and give that detailed information.