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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Page: 7834


Senator BERNARDI (South Australia) (11:37): Thank you, Minister. I find this very interesting and very enlightening because, essentially, you've said that there are a number of criteria from which the government has chosen this location, and you've put that on the record. Surely, Orange was not the only candidate. So my question, which builds upon Senator Brown's question, is: how many local council areas were approached about their interest in having the RIC housed within their regions? How many different centres were considered in the shortlist by government? On what criteria, specifically, that weren't demonstrable in other candidates was Orange chosen as the final location?