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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 388


Senator SINODINOS (New South WalesMinister for Industry, Innovation and Science) (18:40): There are a couple of points. Firstly, let me clarify that the ACCC is providing guidance. It is guidance that they are prepared to stand by—that is the important point. I have not interacted with the Australian Made Campaign. I am advised that they were consulted in arriving at examples. Sometimes you have to look at the glass as being half full rather than half empty. We may not get perfection today—

Senator Xenophon: Where was the glass made?

Senator SINODINOS: Well, whether it was plastic or it was made from proper glass—sand and silica—we will see! The point is this: we can proceed on the basis that most people in this chamber believe is a fair basis on which to go forward. On the way, if issues arise, there is a two-year monitoring period. I do not believe that in that time substantial harm will be done to Australian industry if there has to be some sort of tweaking of the examples we are talking about or their interpretation. The ACCC is fully onside, and I am happy to interact further with the Australian Made Campaign on any outstanding concerns. As I said before, they were consulted in arriving at examples.