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Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Page: 2435

Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:57): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: NBN executives welcome public and parliamentary scrutiny of this critical infrastructure project and have always willingly participated in all committee hearings. This motion is entirely unnecessary and wrongly attempts to cast doubt on the minister's and NBN's preparedness to attend a spillover hearing from the environment and communications additional estimates hearing in February this year. In fact, the Minister for Communications and the Arts, the chief executive officer of NBN Co and two additional senior NBN executives have already agreed to attend the hearing scheduled for Tuesday, 10 April in Canberra, which is the subject of this very motion. Throughout 2017, at least three senior NBN executives appeared frequently at Senate committee hearings, including at an additional estimates hearing in February, a spillover hearing in March, budget estimates in May, another spillover hearing in June, supplementary budget estimates in October and yet another spillover hearing in November.

Question agreed to.