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Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Page: 1512

Senator XENOPHON (5:27 PM) —I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Leave is granted for two minutes.

Senator XENOPHON —I indicate my strong support for this motion. The government is alienating those supporters who believe in a National Broadband Network. It is ‘burning up goodwill’ to use a phrase that Senator Ludlam used earlier today. I find it extraordinary that these documents will not be made available. When we are dealing with a $43 billion piece of information infrastructure, to be asked to make decisions in an information vacuum is simply unacceptable. That is why it is important that this motion is supported by the Senate and that we get the information that the Australian people deserve.

Question agreed to.