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Tuesday, 4 April 2000
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Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 17 February 2000:

(1) Further to the Australian National Audit Office's (ANAO) report into Commonwealth electricity procurement, what Commonwealth agencies with eligible sites are not participating in the national electricity market.

(2) Is he able to say why Commonwealth agencies are not taking advantage of the savings that the ANAO report believes exist.

Mr Truss (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) —The Minister for the Environment and Heritage has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) It is extremely hard to quantify exactly which sites managed by which agencies are not covered by National Electricity Market contracts, due to the devolved Australian Public Service property management arrangements.

The information sought by the honourable member is not readily available and would require a substantial commitment of resources to extract. I am not therefore prepared to direct that this work be undertaken.

(2) No. See the response to (1) above.