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Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Page: 21


Senator McALLISTER (New South WalesDeputy Opposition Whip in the Senate) (13:34): I will just make a final remark about this. I can see that you question why this information is being sought. I would say this: this is a contract of significant value being let in the Goldfields and then there is a further one to be let in the Hervey Bay area. It goes to providing a service to government that many consider will be very intrusive and will certainly have significant impacts on the lives of individuals. There are serious questions being raised by the ANAO about the value for money that has been offered so far by the trials in the existing sites. I think there are real concerns about proceeding on the basis of such limited information. If the minister and, indeed, the government are in possession of information that would provide us with some detail about the kinds of costs associated with this—the value and the cost-effectiveness of what is being proposed—it would assist the Senate in considering the business before us. That is the basis of the previous series of questions asked by me.