Senate debates

Thursday, 13 May 2021


Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Amendment (Extension and Other Measures) Bill 2021; Second Reading

11:43 am

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

Exactly. No conflicts of interest there at all! Completely independent advice! It will also remove the requirement to gain the support of the host state or territory for future projects supported by the NAIF. In other words, it removes the state veto power. In other words, the Commonwealth can come in and fund a development in my home state of Western Australia—for example, in the magnificent Kimberley—which the state opposes, which perhaps the First Nations peoples oppose. For example, a dam on the Fitzroy is something that I've opposed for as long as I can remember and campaigned against, but this bill might let the Commonwealth do that, because they think it's a very good idea, which, of course, it isn't.

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