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Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Page: 6128

Senator SHERRY (TasmaniaMinister Assisting on Deregulation and Public Sector Superannuation, Minister for Small Business and Minister Assisting the Minister for Tourism) (18:19): I am not sure I would describe it as 'physical' work we are doing. I have been advised that there is a 'vibe' going on in terms of considering this policy. I must say that is the first time I have had 'a vibe' used to describe a sort of process.

Are there public servants today or this week working on this? No, there are not. Is it a consideration by the current minister, Minister Burke? Yes, it is, but there is nothing actively before him on the matter. As I said, conceptually there is agreement that this is the right approach. Work has been done in the past, obviously—thought, con¬≠sideration, some musings in writing, I assume, as part of that—but it has not been concluded and I cannot advise you as to any time frames for when that work would be completed.