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- Start of Business
- GOVERNOR-GENERAL’S SPEECH
MATTERS OF PUBLIC INTEREST
- Blessed Mary MacKillop
- Radioactive Waste Management
- Emissions Trading Scheme
- Senate Select Committee on Agricultural and Related Industries: Report on the Incidence and Severity of Bushfires Across Australia
- MINISTERIAL ARRANGEMENTS
- DISTINGUISHED VISITORS
QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE
(Abetz, Sen Eric, Evans, Sen Chris, Evans, Sen Chris (Leader of the Government in the Senate))
(Crossin, Sen Trish, Wong, Sen Penny)
Building the Education Revolution Program
(Mason, Sen Brett, Evans, Sen Chris)
Kakadu National Park
(Brown, Sen Bob, Conroy, Sen Stephen)
Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers
(Fifield, Sen Mitchell, Evans, Sen Chris)
(Sterle, Sen Glenn, Sherry, Sen Nick)
(Cash, Sen Michaelia, Carr, Sen Kim)
(Fielding, Sen Steve, Ludwig, Sen Joe)
(Boswell, Sen Ron, Wong, Sen Penny)
(Bilyk, Sen Catryna, Conroy, Sen Stephen)
- Gillard Government
- QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: TAKE NOTE OF ANSWERS
- LAW AND JUSTICE LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (IDENTITY CRIMES AND OTHER MEASURES) BILL 2010
- SERVICE AND EXECUTION OF PROCESS AMENDMENT (INTERSTATE FINE ENFORCEMENT) BILL 2010
- AVIATION CRIMES AND POLICING LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2010
- CRIMES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2010
- WATER EFFICIENCY LABELLING AND STANDARDS AMENDMENT BILL 2010
- NATIONAL MEASUREMENT AMENDMENT BILL 2010
- CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
- NATIONAL CARERS WEEK
- POKER MACHINE (REDUCED LOSSES—INTERIM MEASURES) BILL 2010
- RADIOACTIVE WASTE
- ASYLUM SEEKERS
OMBUDSMAN AMENDMENT (EDUCATION OMBUDSMAN) BILL 2010
COMMONWEALTH COMMISSIONER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE BILL 2010
COMMONWEALTH RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT (REPEAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENT) BILL 2010
ANTI-TERRORISM LAWS REFORM BILL 2010
FAMILIES, HOUSING, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (RESTORATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT) BILL 2010
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY (RESTORING WORKPLACE RIGHTS) BILL 2010
ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AMENDMENT (PROHIBITION OF SUPPORT FOR WHALING) BILL 2010
SAFE CLIMATE (ENERGY EFFICIENT NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS SCHEME) BILL 2010
RENEWABLE ENERGY AMENDMENT (FEED-IN-TARIFF FOR ELECTRICITY) BILL 2010
- AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (SELF-GOVERNMENT) AMENDMENT (DISALLOWANCE AND AMENDMENT POWER OF THE COMMONWEALTH) BILL 2010
- PREVENTING THE MISUSE OF GOVERNMENT ADVERTISING BILL 2010
- RESTORING TERRITORY RIGHTS (VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA LEGISLATION) BILL 2010
- MARRIAGE EQUALITY AMENDMENT BILL 2010
- ASYLUM SEEKERS
- EVIDENCE AMENDMENT (JOURNALISTS’ PRIVILEGE) BILL 2010
- JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON MIGRATION
- MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE
- AUDITOR-GENERAL’S REPORTS
- GOVERNOR-GENERAL’S SPEECH
- QUESTIONS ON NOTICE
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Senator RONALDSON (3:03 PM) —I move:
That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations (Senator Evans) to a question without notice asked by Senator Abetz today, relating to the Gillard government
I am waiting with great interest under the new paradigm for Senator Conroy and Senator Carr to actually give answers to questions without reading them. I want to see the new paradigm in relation to that matter.
Senator Conroy interjecting—
The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Order! Senator Conroy, you know it is disorderly to speak when you are not in your seat.
Senator RONALDSON —He leaves with the quotes from Senator Carr in his little satchel in case he needs them further down the track. Senator Chris Evans said, ‘We will be providing stable and effective government.’ I think Richo blew the cover on that today. He absolutely blew the cover on stable and effective government because guess how the Prime Minister got to put her ministry together? With threats from two of the cabinet ministers who said they were going to leave unless they were kept there. I do not think it is appropriate to name names except to mention—
Senator Cormann —Oh, please do it. Come on.
Senator RONALDSON —No, except to mention the member for Kingsford Smith and the member for Barton, otherwise there would be totally inappropriate conjecture about who those ministers might have been.
In the very brief time available to me I want to look at this new paradigm. One would have thought that a new paradigm would involve a couple of very simple things: that you would be honest with the Australian people and surely that you would keep your election promises. There is no new paradigm. In the space of a week and a half we have seen the new paradigm slip back to the old paradigm very quickly. I am sure some of my colleagues will refer to this as well.
Senator Brandis —I think the new paradigm has disappeared up its own fundament.
Senator RONALDSON —Yes, that is right. Thank you, Senator Brandis, for that description of what has happened. That is a very horrifying thought. Having said that, I want to talk about two issues: firstly, the carbon tax and, secondly, the fraud that has been perpetrated on the Australian people by this incoming Gillard government. I still think of it as the Gillard-Rudd government but I suppose that is the old paradigm and not the new one. They are going to commit exactly the same sins of the dynamic duo that we saw before the last election. We are seeing back in place immediately after the election this doubletalk driven by the spin doctors. This is not a new paradigm; this is a repetition of the dishonesty that we saw before the election.
I just want to refer to the Prime Minister’s comments in relation to the carbon tax. Everyone knows that she ruled this out before the election. Why did she move to rule this out before the election? Because she knows, everyone in this chamber knows, everyone in the other place knows and the community knows that only one outcome will flow from a carbon tax or a price on carbon—that is, increased electricity prices. That is why, to avoid the coalition and the opposition telling the Australian people what the outcomes were going to be, she made the comment in public during the campaign that there would be no tax on carbon.
We now know that to be completely and utterly untrue, because the grubby alliance between this Prime Minister and Senator Bob Brown will wreak havoc upon this community and will lead to the repetition of further broken promises. Hang on and wait until this mob get another three or four senators to have control of the Senate from next July. The only interesting dynamic about that will be whether we get the red greens running the Greens party or whether we get the green greens running the party. Hang on for the ride with that as well.
I just want to refer, in the seconds left to me, to the Prime Minister’s comment when asked by the media on 16 September whether she would rule out a carbon tax, which she had ruled out before. She said:
PM: Look, we’ve said we would work through options in good faith at the committee that I have formed involving, of course, the Greens … We want to work through options, have the discussions at that committee in good faith.
JOURNALIST: So you’re not ruling it out then?
PM: Well, look, you know, I just think the rule-in, rule-out games are a little bit silly.
She categorically ruled out a carbon tax, and the Australian community is just about to get one. (Time expired)