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Monday, 18 June 2018
Page: 3164


Senator HINCH (Victoria) (20:39): Minister, you said a few minutes ago that it is confidential and you can't tell us how the royal commission came up with their figures. We know how the royal commission came up with their figures. They held a roundtable with people like the churches, with other commissioners and with Anthony Foster. Anthony Foster came down from $500,000 to $350,000 and $250,000, and we are then told by the royal commissioner that a figure of $200,000 would be agreed on—could be agreed on—because the Catholic Church would go along with $200,000. Somewhere out of the blue, the government came up with $150,000. Was that a federal government decision, or was it a Victorian government decision or was it a New South Wales government decision?