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Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Page: 1053

Senator CAMERON (New South Wales) (18:26): Minister, you have descended into the rhetoric almost immediately about closing Australia down. But you have also raised the issue of cartel-like behaviour and you have accused Lendlease and Probuild of engaging in cartel behaviour. This is the rhetoric that One Nation have been espousing. Senator Roberts has been espousing this as cartel behaviour. You have now adopted One Nation's rhetoric on this. I also would like to ask you: have you advised or notified ACCC of cartel behaviour of these companies? And if you feel there is that cartel behaviour—as you have publicly indicated here—and if you have not advised of that behaviour, why not?

Also, in relation to the survey that you say you did in the elevator industry, can you advise me what other areas of the building and construction industry have you conducted surveys? What were the outcomes of the surveys and what did the surveys comprise of? What was being asked in the surveys?