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2008

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

Nation-building Funds Bill 2008

 

 

Transparency by ministers

(1)     Clause 52, page 47 (after line 7), after subclause (3), insert:

          (3A)  If the Infrastructure Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Infrastructure Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(2)     Clause 52, page 47 (after line 23), after subclause (6), insert:

          (6A)  If the Communications Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (4) in relation to a payment, the Communications Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(3)     Clause 52, page 47 (after line 27), after subclause (7), insert:

          (7A)  If the Communications Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (7) in relation to a payment, the Communications Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(4)     Clause 52, page 48 (after line 11), after subclause (10), insert:

        (10A)  If the Energy Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (8) in relation to a payment, the Energy Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(5)     Clause 52, page 48 (after line 26), at the end of the clause, add:

           (14)  If the Water Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (11) in relation to a payment, the Water Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(6)     Clause 64, page 55 (after line 24), at the end of the clause, add:

             (4)  If the Infrastructure Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Infrastructure Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(7)     Clause 71, page 60 (after line 8), after subclause (3), insert:

          (3A)  If the Communications Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Communications Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(8)     Clause 78, page 63 (after line 23), at the end of the clause, add:

             (4)  If the Energy Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Energy Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(9)     Clause 85, page 67 (after line 23), at the end of the clause, add:

             (4)  If the Water Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Water Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(10)   Clause 90, page 71 (after line 16), at the end of the clause, add:

             (4)  If the Infrastructure Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Infrastructure Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(11)   Clause 95, page 74 (after line 19), at the end of the clause, add:

             (4)  If the Communications Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Communications Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(12)   Clause 100, page 77 (after line 25), at the end of the clause, add:

             (4)  If the Energy Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Energy Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(13)   Clause 105, page 80 (after line 29), at the end of the clause, add:

             (4)  If the Water Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Water Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(14)   Clause 177, page 136 (after line 10), after subclause (3), insert:

          (3A)  If the Education Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Education Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(15)   Clause 177, page 136 (after line 26), after subclause (6), insert:

          (6A)  If the Research Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (4) in relation to a payment, the Research Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(16)   Clause 177, page 137 (after line 10), at the end of the clause, add:

           (10)  If the EIF designated Ministers make a recommendation under subsection (7) in relation to a payment, the EIF designated Ministers must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(17)   Clause 184, page 141 (after line 20), after subclause (3), insert:

          (3A)  If the Education Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Education Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(18)   Clause 184, page 142 (after line 2), at the end of the clause, add:

             (7)  If the EIF designated Ministers make a recommendation under subsection (4) in relation to a payment, the EIF designated Ministers must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(19)   Clause 191, page 146 (after line 2), after subclause (3), insert:

          (3A)  If the Research Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Research Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(20)   Clause 191, page 146 (after line 18), at the end of the clause, add:

             (7)  If the EIF designated Ministers make a recommendation under subsection (4) in relation to a payment, the EIF designated Ministers must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(21)   Clause 195, page 149 (after line 16), at the end of the clause, add:

             (4)  If the Education Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Education Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(22)   Clause 252, page 188 (after line 24), at the end of the clause, add:

             (4)  If the Health Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Health Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(23)   Clause 258, page 191 (after line 23), at the end of the clause, add:

             (4)  If the Health Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Health Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

(24)   Clause 263, page 195 (after line 9), at the end of the clause, add:

             (4)  If the Health Minister makes a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment, the Health Minister must cause a written statement of reasons for the recommendation to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 9 sitting days of that House.

Payment recommendation criteria

(25)   Clause 52, page 46 (lines 26 to 29), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Infrastructure Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment unless Infrastructure Australia has advised under section 116 that:

                     (a)  the payment satisfies the relevant BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(26)   Clause 52, page 47 (lines 12 to 15), omit subclause (5), substitute:

             (5)  The Communications Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (4) in relation to a payment unless Infrastructure Australia has advised under section 117 that:

                     (a)  the payment satisfies the relevant BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(27)   Clause 52, page 48 (lines 1 to 4), omit subclause (9), substitute:

             (9)  The Energy Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (8) in relation to a payment unless Infrastructure Australia has advised under section 118 that:

                     (a)  the payment satisfies the relevant BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(28)   Clause 52, page 48 (lines 16 to 19), omit subclause (12), substitute:

           (12)  The Water Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (11) in relation to a payment unless Infrastructure Australia has advised under section 119 that:

                     (a)  the payment satisfies the relevant BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(29)   Clause 64, page 55 (lines 14 to 17), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Infrastructure Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment unless Infrastructure Australia has advised under section 116 that:

                     (a)  the payment satisfies the relevant BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(30)   Clause 71, page 59 (lines 27 to 30), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Communications Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment unless Infrastructure Australia has advised under section 117 that:

                     (a)  the payment satisfies the relevant BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(31)   Clause 78, page 63 (lines 13 to 16), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Energy Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment unless Infrastructure Australia has advised under section 118 that:

                     (a)  the payment satisfies the relevant BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(32)   Clause 85, page 67 (lines 13 to 16), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Water Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment unless Infrastructure Australia has advised under section 119 that:

                     (a)  the payment satisfies the relevant BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(33)   Clause 90, page 71 (lines 6 to 9), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Infrastructure Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a grant unless Infrastructure Australia has advised under section 116 that:

                     (a)  the grant satisfies the relevant BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the grant will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the grant will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(34)   Clause 95, page 74 (lines 9 to 12), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Communications Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a grant unless Infrastructure Australia has advised under section 117 that:

                     (a)  the grant satisfies the relevant BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the grant will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the grant will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(35)   Clause 100, page 77 (lines 15 to 18), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Energy Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a grant unless Infrastructure Australia has advised under section 118 that:

                     (a)  the grant satisfies the relevant BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the grant will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the grant will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(36)   Clause 105, page 80 (lines 19 to 22), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Water Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a grant unless Infrastructure Australia has advised under section 119 that:

                     (a)  the grant satisfies the relevant BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the grant will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the grant will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(37)   Clause 177, page 135 (line 27) to page 136 (line 2), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Education Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment unless the EIF Advisory Board has advised under paragraph 171(1)(a) that:

                     (a)  the payment satisfies the relevant EIF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(38)   Clause 177, page 136 (lines 15 to 18), omit subclause (5), substitute:

             (5)  The Research Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (4) in relation to a payment unless the EIF Advisory Board has advised under paragraph 171(1)(b) that:

                     (a)  the payment satisfies the relevant EIF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(39)   Clause 177, page 136 (line 31) to page 137 (line 2), omit subclause (8), substitute:

             (8)  The EIF designated Ministers must not make a recommendation under subsection (7) in relation to a payment unless the EIF Advisory Board has:

                     (a)  given advice under subsection 171(6) about the payment; and:

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—advised that the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  advised that the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(40)   Clause 184, page 141 (lines 9 to 12), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Education Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment unless the EIF Advisory Board has advised under paragraph 171(1)(a) that:

                     (a)  the payment satisfies the relevant EIF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(41)   Clause 184, page 141 (lines 25 to 28), omit subclause (5), substitute:

             (5)  The EIF designated Ministers must not make a recommendation under subsection (4) in relation to a payment unless the EIF Advisory Board has:

                     (a)  given advice under subsection 171(6) about the payment; and:

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—advised that the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  advised that the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(42)   Clause 191, page 145 (lines 22 to 25), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Research Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment unless the EIF Advisory Board has advised under paragraph 171(1)(b) that:

                     (a)  the payment satisfies the relevant EIF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(43)   Clause 191, page 146 (lines 7 to 10), omit subclause (5), substitute:

             (5)  The EIF designated Ministers must not make a recommendation under subsection (4) in relation to a payment unless the EIF Advisory Board has:

                     (a)  given advice under subsection 171(6) about the payment; and:

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—advised that the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  advised that the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(44)   Clause 195, page 149 (lines 5 to 8), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Education Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a grant unless the EIF Advisory Board has advised under paragraph 171(1)(a) that:

                     (a)  the grant satisfies the relevant EIF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the grant will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the grant will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(45)   Clause 252, page 188 (lines 13 to 16), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Health Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment unless the HHF Advisory Board has advised under paragraph 246(1)(a) that:

                     (a)  the payment satisfies the relevant HHF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(46)   Clause 258, page 191 (lines 12 to 15), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Health Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a payment unless the HHF Advisory Board has advised under paragraph 246(1)(a) that:

                     (a)  the payment satisfies the relevant HHF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the payment will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

(47)   Clause 263, page 194 (line 29) to page 195(line 2), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  The Health Minister must not make a recommendation under subsection (1) in relation to a grant unless the HHF Advisory Board has advised under paragraph 246(1)(a) that:

                     (a)  the grant satisfies the relevant HHF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  if the grant will result in the creation or development of an asset—the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (c)  the grant will not be made in relation to a project that requires the payment of an upfront fee.

Determinations to be disallowable

(48)   Clause 14, page 18 (lines 23 to 26), omit subclauses (4) and (5), substitute:

             (4)  A determination under subsection (1) is a legislative instrument.

(49)   Clause 15, page 19 (lines 10 to 12), omit subclause (3), substitute:

             (3)  A determination under subsection (1) is a legislative instrument.

(50)   Clause 17, page 20 (lines 3 to 5), omit subclause (3), substitute:

             (3)  A determination under subsection (1) is a legislative instrument.

(51)   Clause 133, page 103 (lines 22 to 25), omit subclauses (4) and (5), substitute:

             (4)  A determination under subsection (1) is a legislative instrument.

(52)   Clause 134, page 104 (lines 8 to 10), omit subclause (3), substitute:

             (3)  A determination under subsection (1) is a legislative instrument.

(53)   Clause 216, page 164 (lines 17 to 20), omit subclauses (4) and (5), substitute:

             (4)  A determination under subsection (1) is a legislative instrument.

(54)   Clause 217, page 165 (lines 3 to 5), omit subclause (3), substitute:

             (3)  A determination under subsection (1) is a legislative instrument.

Matters to be taken into account in giving advice

(55)   Clause 4, page 6 (after line 2), after the definition of Communications Minister , insert:

Competitive Neutrality Guidelines means the Australian Government Competitive Neutrality Guidelines for Managers contained in Finance Management Guidance No. 9, published by the Department of Finance and Deregulation, as in force from time to time.

(56)   Clause 116, page 91 (lines 11 and 12), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  In giving advice under subsection (1), Infrastructure Australia must:

                     (a)  apply the BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  apply the Competitive Neutrality Guidelines, if applicable; and

                     (c)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—take into account whether the owners of the asset will meet all the whole-of-life asset costs, including operational costs; and

                     (d)  take into account whether or not the project will require the payment of an upfront fee.

(57)   Clause 117, page 91 (lines 23 and 24), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  In giving advice under subsection (1), Infrastructure Australia must:

                     (a)  apply the BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  apply the Competitive Neutrality Guidelines, if applicable; and

                     (c)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—take into account whether or not the owner or owners of the asset will pay the whole-of-life costs; and

                     (d)  take into account whether or not the project will require the payment of an upfront fee.

(58)   Clause 118, page 92 (lines 11 and 12), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  In giving advice under subsection (1), Infrastructure Australia must:

                     (a)  apply the BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  apply the Competitive Neutrality Guidelines, if applicable; and

                     (c)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—take into account whether or not the owner or owners of the asset will pay the whole-of-life costs; and

                     (d)  take into account whether or not the project will require the payment of an upfront fee.

(59)   Clause 119, page 91 (lines 27 and 28), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  In giving advice under subsection (1), Infrastructure Australia must:

                     (a)  apply the BAF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  apply the Competitive Neutrality Guidelines, if applicable; and

                     (c)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—take into account whether or not the owner or owners of the asset will pay the whole-of-life costs; and

                     (d)  take into account whether or not the project will require the payment of an upfront fee.

(60)   Clause 171, page 132 (lines 20 and 21), omit subclause (4), substitute:

             (4)  In giving advice under paragraph (1)(a) or (b), the EIF Advisory Board must:

                     (a)  apply the EIF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  apply the Competitive Neutrality Guidelines, if applicable; and

                     (c)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—take into account whether or not the owner or owners of the asset will pay the whole-of-life costs; and

                     (d)  take into account whether or not the project will require the payment of an upfront fee.

(61)   Clause 246, page 186 (lines 7 and 8), omit subclause (2), substitute:

             (2)  In giving advice under paragraph (1)(a), the HHF Advisory Board must:

                     (a)  apply the HHF evaluation criteria; and

                     (b)  apply the Competitive Neutrality Guidelines, if applicable; and

                     (c)  if the payment will result in the creation or development of an asset—take into account whether or not the owner or owners of the asset will pay the whole-of-life costs; and

                     (d)  take into account whether or not the project will require the payment of an upfront fee.

Communications Fund not to be transferred to Building Australia Fund

(62)   Clause 11, page 15 (lines 10 and 11), omit:

•      The balance of the Communications Fund is to be transferred to the Building Australia Fund.

(63)   Clause 11, page 16 (lines 12 to 14), omit note 1.

(64)   Clause 14, page 18 (lines 15 to 18), omit notes 1 and 2.

(65)   Clause 16, page 19 (lines 13 to 23), clause TO BE OPPOSED .

(66)   Clause 19, page 23 (lines 1 to 7), omit paragraph (b).

(67)   Clause 19, page 23 (lines 13 to 17), omit paragraph (d).

(68)   Clause 19, page 23 (lines 20 to 22), omit note 2.

(69)   Clause 33, page 32 (line 19) to page 33 (line 9), clause TO BE OPPOSED .

(Amendment to AG-Opp amendment (9) on sheet 5693) :

Productivity Commission report on projects

(70)   At the end of Schedule 1, add:

Productivity Commission Act 1998

2  At the end of Part 4

Add:

Division 3—Nation-building Funds projects

             (1)  The Commission must, as soon as practicable after the end of each financial year, prepare and give to the Minister a report on the projects approved during that financial year under the Nation-building Funds Act 2008 .

             (2)  A report under subsection (1) must include but is not limited to:

                     (a)  the productivity benefits expected to result from the projects; and

                     (b)  any cost-shifting by a State or Territory that is expected to result from the projects; and

                     (c)  any other matter connected with the projects to which, in the opinion of the Productivity Commission, attention should be directed

             (3)  The Minister must cause a copy of a report prepared under subsection (1) to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the day on which the Minister receives the report.