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Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Page: 1219

Senator IAN MACDONALD (9:49 AM) —Minister, I refer you generally to proposed section 5(4) which states:

Infrastructure Australia is to perform a function under paragraph (2)(c), (d), (g) or (h) on request by the Minister.

Could you explain why the body itself cannot initiate those inquiries without having to do it only on the instruction of the minister?