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Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Page: 1608

Senator WHISH-WILSON (Tasmania) (14:22): Mr President, I ask a further supplementary question. I reiterate that the $30 billion was totally unexpected. Minister, every extra dollar you spend on weapons companies and military hardware is a dollar that could be spent somewhere else. The government has talked up the industry benefits. Just two weeks ago, Infrastructure Australia detailed the massive shortfall in public funding in infrastructure and then outlined the productivity benefits to our nation. Has the government modelled what the economic and productivity benefits would be from funding the infrastructure gap rather than warships and weapons?