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Thursday, 12 February 2015
Page: 598


Senator MOORE (Queensland) (12:26): Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator MOORE: We have considered this motion proposed by Senator Waters very carefully because of the importance of the issue. Any questions regarding the transparency of the ownership and taxation arrangements for the Abbot Point coal terminal and the proposed Carmichael coalmine should be directed to the appropriate regulators. I recommend that Senator Waters write to the relevant regulators and oversight bodies and, if necessary, request that these agencies appear before the Senate estimates process. It is the role of regulators to ensure that arrangements for private business entities are in order. It is not the role of the Senate to investigate individual corporate entities and individual projects that these companies might be involved in.