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Thursday, 16 February 2012
Page: 1670


Mr MORRISON (Cook) (15:39): Mr Speaker, I seek to make a personal explanation.

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

Mr MORRISON: Yes I do, Mr Speaker.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Mr MORRISON: In the Australian today an article penned by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, which has otherwise been described as his job application for the position of Treasurer under Mr Rudd, has said the following things—

The SPEAKER: The member will get to where he is misrepresented.

Mr MORRISON: I will go to the point of my misrepresentation.

The SPEAKER: The member will continue but remember it is a personal explanation.

Mr MORRISON: I understand. In that article he made reference to comments that I had made regarding the coalition's costing to put a processing centre on Nauru, at less than a third of the costs of the government's proposal, with 600 more beds. He said in this article:

We now know the costing was done by a catering company. Morrison's claim that the company had been involved in building the Nauru facility is a blatant untruth.

I need to clarify this mistake by the minister, because I assume he did not mean it disingenuously. The coalition costing for re-establishing the processing centre on Nauru was completed by a company—

The SPEAKER: The member has to show—

Mr MORRISON: He mentioned me specifically, and I will go right through it in detail, and you might want to listen carefully. The coalition costings—

Government members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! If the member abuses the privileges of being given the call as he has, he will not get the opportunity of finishing his personal explanation. Because he does not do it very often, I will allow him to continue, but he must focus his remarks on where he personally—and not anyone else—has been misrepresented.

Mr MORRISON: I quote from the article where the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship said:

Morrison's claim that the company had been involved in building the Nauru facility is a blatant untruth.

That was the statement by the minister in the article today. The coalition costing for re-establishing the processing centre on Nauru was completed by a company called DeltaFM, a project management, facilities management, and building and construction company that develops and manages accommodation camps in remote locations and whose clients include Woodside, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and the government itself, through the Defence Housing Authority. DeltaFM is part of—

The SPEAKER: I think I know the point the member is making. The member will resume his seat. The member will be expeditious, prompt and direct.

Mr MORRISON: I am endeavouring to be, Mr Speaker.

The SPEAKER: Well, not very well.

Mr MORRISON: DeltaFM is part of the Compass Group Australia, which last year offered to provide bipartisan advice to both the government and the opposition on costings for Nauru.

The SPEAKER: I am going to call the member for Boothby, who has a personal explanation. I will give the member for Cook another opportunity after the member for Boothby, but it must be concise and it must be brief.