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Monday, 7 November 2011
Page: 8294


Senator CORMANN (Western Australia) (12:26): Minister, again, that is a process description of what is in the fund. It refers to modelling and expert advice. It does not give a policy rationale. Why is it that in the government's judgment it is appropriate for 100 per cent of the transitional assistance to go to the most emissions-intensive coal fired power generators when the less emissions-intensive coal fired power generators get zero? If it is based on expert advice on energy security matters, why is it that you do not then assess Western Australia as a distinct market, which it is? It is a distinct electricity market. If the question is one of energy security exclusively, then surely the impact of the carbon tax, as far as the Western Australian electricity market is concerned, has to be assessed in isolation and quarantined from the impact on the national electricity market.