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Thursday, 11 October 2012
Page: 7970


Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (11:51): I seek leave to make short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator XENOPHON: I just want to put on the record that I do not oppose wind energy per se; I do have some concerns in relation to their location and the possible health effects. This committee process will, I hope, explore that in a forensic and balanced way that will allow both sides of view to be articulated in the committee process. I want to assure Senator Milne that I support renewable energy—I am a particularly strong proponent of geothermal energy—but I think there are some issues arising out of the location of wind farms in some locations that can have an impact.

Question agreed to.