Thursday, 21 February 2019
on indulgence—I just wanted to get up and thank you for your consideration of the matter, and the fair consideration in which you have raised it, and to make it clear that the objective of this inquiry at every point is to maximise and increase the participation of Australians in their parliament and make sure that people have the opportunity to have their say.
A number of members have raised concerns about the degree of involvement from the Australian people in the pathway and the consideration of the matters before the committee. I wish to restate my commitment that this process is open. People can make submissions at aph.gov.au/economics. Anybody is entitled to attend a public hearing, as has always been the case, and we welcome people's participation. Next week, we have hearings in Western Australia and South Australia. That position stands for those, as for any other future hearings that may occur in the fair deliberation of the matter, because this issue is not about anyone but the Australian people and those who are directly impacted. It's not an inquiry about shares; it is an inquiry about tax and tax application. For those people who are either over the retirement age and/or—