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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Page: 7822

Senator RUSTON (South AustraliaAssistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources) (10:40): Senator Rice, I will have to agree to disagree with the intonation of your response. The eligibility criteria for loans and financial assistance are matters over which the executive arm of government currently has control, and it's the opinion and belief of government that it should retain control. The potential impact on the budget is quite considerable, and obviously the executive of government has a responsibility for budgetary control. Therefore, we absolutely believe that it's appropriate that this remains in the control of executive government.