Legislative Councillors are being urged to cut short their holidays to scrutinise Tasmania's forest peace deal.
MLCs have sent the deal to a Parliamentary inquiry, postponing its implementation and putting at risk hundreds of millions of Commonwealth funding linked to it.
The inquiry is expected to take at least three months.
The Federal Regional Development Minister, Simon Crean, says that is too long.
"The money is still on the table but it's not on the table if the agreement doesn't go through and we accept the fact that the Legislative Council needs more time but it's just that the extra time they've sought is too long," he said.
"We don't mind the scrutiny, we don't mind the assessment, but it's got to be done expeditiously.
"The first tranche was unconditional to demonstrate what could be done, but if people believe that this money is available regardless of the agreement going through, they are sadly mistaken." MLCs will meet tomorrow to decide when they will hold the first committee hearings.