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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8073

Senator ALLISON (2:39 AM) —The Democrats did attempt to increase the penalty the last time we dealt with this legislation. Although I do not have the figures with me, it is my understanding that, with the low penalty of $40 per kilowatt hour, there are already retailers who are choosing to pay the penalty rather than to honour their obligations under this legislation. I do acknowledge that the penalty would need to be raised. I again say that we attempted to do that last time we dealt with this legislation.