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Senator Brownhill, pursuant to notice, moved--That the Senate--

(a) notes that:

(i) it is now 2 years since the Government drafted the

National Forest Policy Statement,

(ii) this statement was, and continues to be, endorsed and

supported by a wide cross-section of the forest

industry, and

(iii) the chaos caused by the "three-ringed circus' of the

Prime Minister (Mr Keating) in concert with the

Minister for Resources (Mr Beddall) and the Minister

for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner), is a direct result of the Federal

Government's refusal to enact the National Forest

Policy Statement and highlights the incompetence of

those involved; and

(b) calls on the Government to implement immediately a consistent

and sustainable policy for the resource sector.

Debate ensued.

Senator Bell moved the following amendment:

Subparagraph (a)(iii), omit "refusal to enact the National Forest Policy

Statement", substitute "failure to follow the proper licensing


Debate ensued.

Question--That the amendment be agreed to--put.

The Senate divided--


Bell Bourne (Teller) Chamarette Coulter Lees Margetts Spindler Woodley

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Abetz Alston Baume Beahan Boswell Brownhill Burns Calvert Campbell Carr Childs Coates Colston Cooney Crane Denman Ellison Evans, Christopher Ferguson Foreman Forshaw Gibson Harradine Herron Hill Jones Kemp Knowles Macdonald, Ian Macdonald, Sandy McGauran McKiernan Minchin Murphy Neal Newman Panizza (Teller) Parer Patterson Reid Reynolds Sherry Short Tambling Teague Tierney Troeth Vanstone Watson West Woods Zakharov

Question negatived.

Main question put and passed.

General Business concluded.