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Thursday, 10 May 2018
Page: 2843

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (11:01): Yes, but how do we make sure, Minister, that there is a genuine spread that supports the entire Australian community with what you say would be an effectiveness of this innovation fund? How do we make sure that, whether you live in a regional area in Queensland or you live in a regional area in South Australia, as a taxpayer, you're going to get some benefit from this fund? Otherwise, it just seems like it is purely $50 million put on the table to satisfy former senator Nick Xenophon without any thought about the actual benefit to the taxpayer and to regional communities.