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Monday, 22 June 2009
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Mr HOCKEY (3:37 PM) —My question is to the Treasurer. I refer the Treasurer to his statement—

Mr Rudd interjecting

Mr HOCKEY —Do you have something to say, Prime Minister?

Honourable members interjecting—

The SPEAKER —The member for North Sydney will resume his seat. Order!

Mr HOCKEY —My question is to the Treasurer. I refer the Treasurer to his statement in this House on 4 June when he referred to Mr John Grant’s case and said: ‘I have no idea what the outcome of that was.’ Will the Treasurer advise the House how many other car dealers had updates on their cases faxed directly to his home?

Mr SWAN (Treasurer) —When I was asked that question in the House, I did have no idea of what the outcome of that case was. There were no further emails to me about Mr Grant from the department and/or updates in my in tray, which I was receiving on a regular basis. The fact is, this was a very serious matter. I was concerned about what was going on in the industry. I was getting updates from the department. But on this occasion they were not going to my home fax because I was not at home; they were going to my in tray. There were updates coming through from the department on the number of dealers that had experienced difficulties and the progress of all of the issues, including the creation of OzCar, the whole issue of Ford Credit and so on. There was plenty of information coming to me on the state of the industry and how dealers were affected.