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Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Page: 1218

Senator CARR (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) (9:43 AM) —I again draw the senator’s attention to clause 1 of the bill, which says:

(1)           Infrastructure Australia has the primary function of providing advice to the Minister, Commonwealth, State, Territory and local governments, investors in infrastructure and owners of infrastructure on matters relating to infrastructure, including in relation to the following—

There is nothing in that definition that precludes consideration of social infrastructure of the type that you have canvassed, Senator Milne. The view of the government is that, for this body to actually undertake its job properly, it must be able to consider both hard and soft infrastructure in the manner in which you have proposed.