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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Page: 7841

Senator CAROL BROWN (Tasmania) (12:03): What we're attempting to tease out here—which is proving to be quite difficult—is what the process was prior to the selection of Orange and prior to the subsequent consultation that was had with various organisations in Orange. We want to know how those other locations were chosen as possible locations. Were organisations or local councils in those areas contacted about providing information as to why their town would be a good site for the RIC? We are trying to understand what the process is. In the absence of a response that satisfies what really is a very simple question, we have to assume that this decision of locating the RIC in Orange is a decision that Minister Joyce made himself. We have no idea as to what informed his decision.