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Tuesday, 15 March 2005
Page: 9

Senator ABETZ (Special Minister of State) (1:06 PM) —I have only just been handed this article. I was not aware of it. I dare say that some Australian companies may have some expertise that they would care to offer, but I trust that the process will be a rigorous one. As for whether Australian companies will be awarded the bulk of the contracts, it remains to be seen whether that will be the outcome, and I dare say that that would be one of the issues discussed on 17 March at the first meeting of the commission. Indonesian companies may also be included in any tendering process. I would have thought they would be interested along with Australian companies. But as to whether any priority is being given to Australian companies, I am unaware of that and I will take that on notice.