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Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Page: 1229

Senator ALLISON (Leader of the Australian Democrats) (10:36 AM) —In the event that these amendments are not supported—and the Democrats will emphatically support them because we think this issue crucial to the whole legislation—can the minister categorically rule out the interpretation from subclause (2)(g):

(g) to provide advice on infrastructure policy issues arising from climate change ...

Does that mean that this advice is confined to the implications of climate change? If so, why was it worded in this manner? The crucial words are ‘arising from’. Does it mean that Infrastructure Australia can advise the minister about priorities on the basis of our need to meet targets for greenhouse emission reduction? Can you make that absolutely clear to us today? Or is this just saying that Infrastructure Australia can consider the impacts of climate change?