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Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Page: 8476


Senator COLBECK (Tasmania) (10:32): I want to ask a couple of quick questions in relation to the modelling around agriculture. Senator Lundy, I know, has just said to one of my colleagues—and Senator Wong said last night—that there was an ABARES report released in June of this year which found that electricity counts for about 2.3 per cent of total dairy farm cash costs. Could you point me to that modelling? I have actually had a close look through the ABARES site looking for any modelling relating to the carbon tax and agriculture. The best I can find is a 2009 report which was, Effects of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme on the economic value of farm production. That was 1 June 2009. I cannot find anything on any of the ABARES sites that relates to the impact of the carbon tax on agriculture.