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Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Page: 7692

Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate, Minister for Communications, Minister for the Arts and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Government) (17:44): If someone does not agree with a decision, then they do not have to be bound to it, and the status quo is what prevail Your question is: will there be a formal mechanism by which someone can seek to have that revisited? I will seek some advice on that. The initial advice, and I guess this is the ultimate advice as well, is that the minister could override a panel decision. Someone could raise it with the minister as to whether there is an avenue below the minister. The minister will review the operations of the panel in addition to that at least every six months. In terms of how the processes operate, how the particular body operates, to some extent that will still be the subject of consultation.