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Tuesday, 15 March 2005
Page: 9

Senator NETTLE (1:05 PM) —There was a report in the Australian Financial Review yesterday indicating:

Australian companies will be awarded the bulk of the contracts under the five-year aid package of grants and concessional loans …

The article mentions particular companies that are likely bidders for projects—for example, Kerry Packer’s company GRM. GRM contracts involve a significant proportion of Australia’s aid budget, and it is mentioned again here in the context of this package. Could the minister confirm the accuracy or otherwise of that report in the Financial Review yesterday?