TUESDAY MAY 30 2017
The Hon. T.A. FRANKS(15:18:51): Supplementary: does the minister agree with the words of Richard Denniss of The Australia Institute that, rather than a lifeline for Arrium Steel, this offer from Adani is a cruel hoax? Indeed, describing a one-off order of 56,000 tonnes of railway line as a 'lifeline' for Arrium Steel, when it has a capacity of some 2.5 million tonnes of steel per year, is less than 1 per cent of the capacity of the steelworks, and rather than a lifeline is it indeed a piece of dental floss?
The Hon. K.J. MAHER(Minister for Employment, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive Transformation, Minister for Science and Information Economy)(15:19:22): I'm not going to get into the merits of projects that have nothing to do with South Australia, but if there is an opportunity to supply steel for any project that occurs anywhere in Australia, I think that's a good thing.