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Thursday, 10 May 2018
Page: 2843

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (11:02): You're not answering my question. My question is about how, if there are dozens and dozens of these organisations that would be eligible, they're not all going to be able to access this fund. You've said that yourself. What protections are there? How will you manage to ensure that it's not lopsided? How do we make sure that it is not just communities on the east coast of Australia that are benefiting from this and no-one from Western Australia, South Australia or, indeed, Tasmania? How are you going to make sure that doesn't happen? It sounds as though, perhaps, you haven't really thought about (a) whether $50 million is appropriate or (b) how many are eligible in the criteria in relation to ensuring that you've got a fund that will effectively meet the needs of small publishers and media agencies whether they are in the suburbs or the bush.