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Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Page: 1216


Senator CARR (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) (9:36 AM) —I will do my best to respond to the senator’s questions. In relation to her first question on her suggestion of limitations to the definitions of significant infrastructure, I draw her attention to page 2 of the bill which specifies:

nationally significant infrastructure includes

(a)   transport infrastructure; and

(b)   energy infrastructure; and

(c)   communications infrastructure; and

(d)   water infrastructure;

However these definitions are not the limit. This is not a prescriptive list. Other issues are able to be incorporated.

I am also advised in regard to her second question on the issue of Indigenous consultations and involvement that the minister will be working through the COAG processes and will ensure that these issues are properly dealt with through consultation with the states and territories.