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Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Page: 8915

Senator JOYCE (Leader of the Nationals in the Senate) (9:13 PM) —With all due respect, Minister, it appears there is no answer at all. The premise of one plus one is perfectly right. One plus one gives an answer. It is two. What we seem to have is a question of, ‘What is one plus one?’ and the answer we are getting is, ‘An apple, a pear and Tuesday morning at sunrise.’ It is really quite simple: are we on track? The modelling has to be based on something. It cannot be so nebulous as to not be able to be defined in any way, shape or form, because the whole thing is premised on an aspiration of collecting $70.2 billion in the next six years. That is a pretty precise figure. I am asking a very simple question: is the consistency of your expectations of global action in line with where the modelling was in 2008 or not?