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Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Page: 1089

Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women) (21:12): The answer to your question is: yes, the procurement rules apply to all Commonwealth government funded projects. You are right: the significant amendments that were made after discussions with the crossbench last year will apply to Commonwealth government projects. Certainly we were happy to support those changes, and they do support the government's commitment to ensuring equitable access to government contracts for Australian businesses, in particular small businesses.