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Monday, 7 November 2011
Page: 8284

Senator WONG (South AustraliaMinister for Finance and Deregulation) (11:40): I should be clear with Senator Birmingham that in the fiscal tables the revenue from a forward transaction is accounted for in the year in which that transaction is acquitted, so that is the effect on the fiscal balance. That is where it occurs.

Senator Cormann, I think you were asking me—I am sorry, I was a little distracted—how much a particular generator will get under the energy security package. Obviously, I will get some advice on that. We have set out some principles on the allocation of that fund and those principles include the energy intensity of the relevant generator, so there is a finite pool of funding via free permits and cash which is to be allocated. The permits will be allocated by the regulator and the cash will be allocated by the department. I do not think in those circumstances it would be appropriate or probably possible to in fact identify the exact quantum to any particular market participant.