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Thursday, 7 July 2011
Page: 8047

Carbon Pricing

Mr HOCKEY (North Sydney) (14:39): My question is to the Treasurer. At 2:15 yesterday in this House, you said:

We are putting a price on carbon pollution, to be paid by up to 1,000 of our largest polluters.

Treasurer, when did you find out that it is just 500?

Mr SWAN (LilleyDeputy Prime Minister and Treasurer) (14:40): For once I have been quoted accurately by the shadow Treasurer because I said 'up to'.

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: The Treasurer will resume his seat. I simply say to those who argue that they think this is an important part of the day that we can sit here in silence and not give the opportunity for questions to be asked. It would absolutely assist if people could contain themselves simply for a short period of time. The Treasurer has the call, and he should be heard in silence.

Mr SWAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The government makes no apology whatsoever for not putting a carbon price on fuel used by passenger vehicles or light commercial vehicles. But, listening to the questions from those opposite, you somehow get the impression that they now favour a carbon price on fuel used by passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles. That is the only logical consequence you can gain from what is being said by those opposite. Those opposite are just completely embarrassed. The government's policy is very clear.

Mr Hockey: Mr Speaker, a point of order on relevance: the Treasurer was asked only when he found out it applied to only 500 companies.

The SPEAKER: Order! The Treasurer has the call.

Mr SWAN: I thank the shadow Treasurer again for his question. We have been very clear that the largest polluters will be paying a price for their carbon pollution and we will be using the revenue to assist households and to support jobs. The reason those opposite are now so embarrassed is that their policy is actually to tax families and households $720 a year and give the money to the large polluters.

Mr Albanese: He's got leave this afternoon. He's got to go early.

The SPEAKER: Order! The Leader of the House is warned.