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Wednesday, 11 August 2004
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Senator CHERRY (10:30 PM) —I will ask the question for a fourth time: if a future government decides to sell a currently publicly owned enterprise such as Australia Post, can that future government, under this agreement, state—as the government does now for the privatised Qantas or Telstra—that there will be a certain percentage of Australian ownership or Australian control of that future privatised enterprise? I am seeking to establish, where an organisation is privatised—I keep saying Australia Post but it could be the Defence Housing Authority, Medicare Private or any government owned body—whether this agreement in any way, shape or form restricts the capacity of a future government to state that this particular privatised body will be majority publicly owned, as is the case now for Telstra and Qantas.