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Monday, 7 November 2011
Page: 8411


Senator JOYCE (QueenslandLeader of The Nationals in the Senate) (20:27): Minister, I want to read out a section of the Constitution. I know this has been brought to your attention before but we are still waiting for a distinct answer. Section 114 states:

A State shall not, without the consent of the Parliament of the Commonwealth, raise or maintain any naval or military force, or impose any tax on property of any kind belonging to the Commonwealth—

obviously nothing we have to worry about there, but the next bit is where it is distinct and I need a distinct answer—

nor shall the Commonwealth impose any tax on property of any kind belonging to a State.

Minister, do the states of the Commonwealth of Australia own power-generating assets?