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Monday, 7 November 2011
Page: 8278

Senator BIRMINGHAM (South Australia) (11:13): I thank the minister for repeating those points. But perhaps, Minister, if you could provide us with some information and explanation as to who advised and informed the government that the previous model was a flawed model and that this then is a better model, and who actually is supporting the theory and approach that you have just outlined that there are in fact benefits from bringing the payment forward. Obviously, the electricity generators themselves have concerns and do not see there to be a benefit. So who is actually supporting the government in arguing that the bringing forward of the payment actually is of benefit?