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Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Page: 6049


Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (15:49): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FIFIELD: The government is committed to ensuring that all key stakeholder groups that wish to have their voices heard in this process can do so. To this end, the department has agreed to pay for the two proposed ballots of the two communities around Kimba and the nearby station. These are standard procurement contracts on a fee-for-service basis. As this matter is before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further until such time as those proceedings are finalised.