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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Page: 7836


Senator RICE (Victoria) (11:44): You are still saying an assessment process was done. It wasn't done by the department; it was done by the government. Can I confirm how Minister Joyce's assessment, his office's assessment, was done by the government. Is it available? Can you outline how each of the other locations that were on the shortlist, such as Bathurst and Albury-Wodonga, compared with Orange. What was the assessment process that was undertaken? Can details of that assessment process be tabled so that there is some transparency and so that we can see, on the basis of these criteria, that Orange came out on top, because unless you can do that everything points to this just being a pure and simple pork-barrelling slush fund exercise of getting a government department in Orange to suit the National Party in these circumstances.