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Monday, 17 August 2009
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Mr HOCKEY (3:53 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER —Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr HOCKEY —Yes, again—and most grievously.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr HOCKEY —Today in question time the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, who again has walked out of the chamber, misreported what I said on the Today show on 12 August 2009 at 7.50 am. I said:

Look, climate change is real, Karl. You know, whether it’s made by human beings or not, that’s open to dispute, but you’ve got to give the planet the benefit of the doubt. Therefore, the world needs to do things. We went to the last election promising an emissions trading scheme. And we’ve sided with the Government on targets. The question is what’s the best route to get there? That’s where we’re in dispute.

Again the minister for the environment has misquoted me.