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Monday, 18 June 2018
Page: 3164

Senator HINCH (Victoria) (20:40): We know that the $150,000 was decided between the federal government and the state governments, because that's the figure that suddenly came out of the blue from the New South Wales government's legislation, the Victorian government's legislation and the one that was thrust on us—to my committee—as a fait accompli. The royal commission recommended to your government, so you must have recommended something to the state governments, or they wouldn't have come up with $150,000; they may have come up with $75,000. Your government was told by the royal commissioner—and the PM said last week that he has accepted all the recommendations—they came to you with $200,000. Somewhere out of the blue, somebody came up with the figure of $150,000. I want to know who did.