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Thursday, 18 August 2011
Page: 8604

Carbon Pricing

Mr CHRISTENSEN (Dawson) (15:04): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to her claim yesterday that not-for-profit organisations like the CQ Rescue Helicopter Service in Mackay would be eligible to apply for carbon tax compensation through the Low Carbon Communities Scheme. I refer her to the fact that, with up to 600,000 not-for-profit organisations competing for those funds, each group might receive, on average, as little as $83 a year. Prime Minister, are you seriously suggesting that $83 will compensate CQ Rescue for a $20,000 a year increase in their fuel and electricity bills alone under your carbon tax?

Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (15:05): Heavens above! It has been reduced to this. Of course that is not how the scheme will work.

Mr Hockey interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for North Sydney is now warned.

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! The member for Moreton might wait until the House settles down.