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Monday, 26 March 2018
Page: 2187


Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (21:27): Could the minister explain why giving $30 million to Foxtel—public money given to a private for-profit subscription service—is a good use of public money when that is not available to all Australians? Foxtel is not available to the public—you can't watch women's sport, or any of the other programs, on Foxtel unless you pay to access it. We have here taxpayers' money being spent on a service that is only accessible to those who can then also pay, in addition. Could the minister explain the justification as to why that is in the public interest, and why it is deemed by this government to be a good use of taxpayers' funds? Are there any other examples, Minister, where that extraordinary amount of money, $30 million, is given to a company that Australians by and large cannot have access to?