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Monday, 7 November 2011
Page: 8285


Senator CORMANN (Western Australia) (11:44): Minister, here we have the largest single electricity generator in Australia responsible for a significant proportion of the electricity generation through the national electricity market and you cannot even tell us—yes or no—whether they are getting any transitional assistance under your transitional assistance package for electricity generators. That sounds, quite frankly, unbelievable, Minister. Presumably, then, you would not be able to tell me whether, for example, Verve Energy in my home state of Western Australia, which stands to pay nearly $200 million worth of carbon tax, will be eligible for any transitional assistance under the carbon tax package.