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Thursday, 21 June 2007
Page: 66

Senator O’BRIEN (1:26 PM) —In relation to schedule 3, can the minister explain why the government has permitted nominated company B to continue as the single desk holder? Lest it be assumed when the minister is referring to the Ralph report that somehow growers have seen it and the opposition have seen it, I can assure him that nobody has seen it. Is it the intention of the minister to release that report? Even if it is in retrospect, we could then understand the basis upon which the minister determined the priorities for this legislative package. The government said that grower groups have to come up with a new entity and that entity must have grower support in order to become the designated company. Why doesn’t the legislation contain a provision to poll growers to test their support for a proposed new entity taking over the single desk control, excluding the veto power?