Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Wednesday, 20 August 2003
Page: 19112

Mr ROSS CAMERON (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Family and Community Services) (8:00 PM) —Mr Speaker, thank you for that indulgence. I can assure that it will not require the full 10 minutes. I felt that, as a matter of the public record, I needed to correct a couple of statements made by the member for Lowe—a Labor member for whom I have the highest regard. However, on this occasion, his contribution to the House was not factually based in that he put the proposition that it was the government's policy to achieve 10 per cent production of ethanol in terms of the total fuel refined in Australia and that this would result in a benefit of over $1.3 billion a year to the Manildra company.

It has never been the government's policy that we should have 10 per cent ethanol in our fuel. The contemplation of 10 per cent was a cap on the maximum amount of ethanol that could be contained in fuel from the bowser. In fact, the government has moved to put a limit of 10 per cent on any fuel sold. The government's policy on ethanol, which was announced by Warren Truss before the last election, was that we should aim for two per cent of fuel produced to be biofuel—ethanol being the principal, but I think biodiesel being an alternative. That means that we would take the current production of 80 million litres a year to 360 million litres a year.

So suggestions that this would require something like 40 per cent of the wheat crop are completely without foundation. I simply wanted to clarify the record and to say that the government's policy commitment was to two per cent biofuel production over the next 10 years and that that would represent an increase from 80 million litres to 360 million litres a year.

The SPEAKER —There is no facility to recognise the member for Lowe. The standing orders allow the debate to be extended only by a minister in order to respond to anything said during the adjournment debate.