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Thursday, 5 February 2009
Page: 526

Senator STEPHENS (Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector and Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Prime Minister for Social Inclusion) (6:57 PM) —I seek leave to make a short statement in relation to the production of documents in notice of motion No. 334 on the Notice Paper of 4 February 2009.

Leave granted.

Senator STEPHENS —The Treasury’s climate change mitigation modelling is one of the largest and most complex economic modelling projects ever undertaken in Australia, and extensive documentation of the project has already been made publicly available. The Treasury’s climate change mitigation modelling was undertaken in conjunction with external consultants. The Treasury is obligated, under contractual agreements with these consultants, to not disclose or make public any confidential information of the other party. This information includes model codes and databases, and it is likely that external consultants would be subject to commercial harm if the Treasury were to release to the committee any model codes or databases covered by such contractual agreements.