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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Page: 7835

Senator RICE (Victoria) (11:42): So it was a political decision? It wasn't an objective process that the department undertook that ended up going through some criteria and saying, 'Yes, after considering all of these criteria—on objective, transparent criteria—Orange came out on top.' It was a political decision made by the minister to establish this corporation in Orange because it suited his political purposes, because it is where the shooters and fishers are threatening to hold the seat which the Nationals lost to the shooters and fishers. It is pure, blatant pork-barrelling. You have not outlined that there was any process at all that was objective, that was transparent or that came through the department. It was a political decision by Minister Joyce, who has got form in making these types of political decisions.