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Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Page: 6455

Mr IAN MACFARLANE (5:18 PM) —I thank the minister for this opportunity, and I also thank him for bringing his highly professional department with him. I do not think anyone is missing from over there, are they? In the Clean Energy Initiative announced in the budget there was an announcement of a spend of $3.5 billion over nine years yet only $1.3 billion is accounted for in the forward years. Can you tell me where the remaining $2.2 billion will come from? My second question in relation to that is: what is the funding breakdown and the time line for expenditure for the unaccounted $2.2 billion as it relates to the three individual initiatives under the Clean Energy Initiative and, in particular, the time line for the expenditure on the carbon capture and storage? Thirdly, what systems are in place to ensure that all emerging technologies are considered for assistance and that support does not go only to the established technologies such as wind?