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Media Release

The Hon Wilson Tuckey MP

Minister for Forestry and Conservation



10 December 1998


The Minister for Forestry and Conservation, Wilson Tuckey, said today his comments regarding the WA Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) have been strictly limited to two areas, namely:

  • the decision by the EPA to include a number of recommendations regarding the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) process in its statutory report to the WA Government on the performance of CALM; and
  • consequently, the physical and financial capacity of the EPA to constructively contribute to the RFA process.

I did not attack "the top scientists on the EPA."

I simply asked who they were, where they are and what additiona l scientific resources they could bring to the very extensive and heavily resourced investigative RFA process already costing the Commonwealth some $10 million.

To date, no one has enlightened me on these simple questions. Considering his gratuitous remarks, Mr Pendal must quickly identify the people he says I insulted. He must also identify their special scientific skills in the three areas of investigation relevant to the RFA process.

Mr Pendal should not refer to the members of the EPA's expert forestry advisory committee as it is already claimed that the government appointed EPA Board rejected their advice.

As a matter of fact, remarks regarding the structure of CALM coming from Labor MPs should be considered in light of the fact that CALM was created by the Burke Labor Government.

Further inquiries:

Minister Tuckey's office

Graeme Hallett 0418 668 440