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Monday, 7 November 2011
Page: 8276

Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (11:04): I do not know whether the opposition has any view on this. I am grateful to the minister for her answer. I will try to put this another way. Given the concerns expressed by the Electricity Suppliers Association of Australia and by the New South Wales and Queensland governments—two governments of different political hues—will the government continue to look at this issue in the three-year transitional period proposed by this legislation so that, if it becomes apparent that there has been the unintended consequence of greater price rises as a result of the current design of the scheme in respect of upfront payments rather than deferred payments, the government can consider changing it? Will the government consider that or is the government saying that once this is passed that is the point of no return in terms of changing to deferred payments?