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Wednesday, 16 March 2005
Page: 41

Senator COONAN (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) (12:05 PM) —I was just checking that. No, there was not any indicative figure advertised, but clearly for the purpose of discussions the indicative figure—

Senator Conroy —I am thinking of applying, Minister. I am asking what you are going to pay me.

Senator COONAN —Senator Conroy, if I can just finish the sentence then I will deal with the fact that you have an interest in the job. The situation is that the actual advertisement does not put any kind of indicative range in but, for the purpose of discussions, clearly it is within the range of what the current acting chairs of the ABA and the ACA are paid. It is within that range that discussions can take place, but the purpose of my response to you, being particular about what I inform the Senate, is that I cannot say when the Remuneration Tribunal has not yet made the determination. I am sure it is going to be more than both you and I are paid.