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Thursday, 14 February 2008
Page: 392

Mr TURNBULL (2:59 PM) —My question is addressed to the Treasurer. Given the Treasurer’s statement that the decision to appoint Mr Bracks to head the review of the car industry was only made last night, can he tell the House when Mr Bracks and the other members of this review—Mr Tim Harcourt, Mr Peter Upton, Dr Elizabeth Webster and Mr Nixon Apple—were advised of their appointment and in what manner?

Mr SWAN (Treasurer) —I thank the member for his question. The decision was taken by the minister only last night. There have been consultations about this for some time. This is the normal process of government. There is a panel and there have been discussions with people about appointments to the panel. Of course that has occurred. That is the normal process of government. The decision was formally taken by the minister last night. There have been discussions for some weeks. We have put together this review. It is a first-class review with a first-class head and a first-class panel.