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Thursday, 16 February 2012
Page: 1682

Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (16:28): What we have seen today is a cruel hoax by the tactics committee of the government. This MPI moved on the car manufacturing industry has had two speakers opposite who, with a combined speaking time of nearly half an hour, have not once mentioned the carbon tax. As the member for Indi outlined, it is those opposite who will tax at every opportunity. It is those opposite who will tax the car industry and the carbon tax is a crystal clear example of that. The automotive companies in Australia know it. Not only that but the consumers who buy cars know it, because your track record speaks volumes. What you are about to do—what you have voted for in defiance of your personal pledges before the last election—is to impose a carbon tax. I put it to those opposite who have just spoken: you were elected on a lie and you are going to impose a carbon tax—

The SPEAKER: Order! The honourable member will withdraw the term 'lie'.

Mr TONY SMITH: I withdraw. Prior to the last election, you pledged not to introduce a carbon tax and you were going to introduce a carbon tax that would put the price of a car by $400, that would add $46 million to the cost of car producers every single year.

Mr Champion interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! The member for Wakefield might well be sent out for an hour.

Mr TONY SMITH: That is what those opposite have chosen. The reason they do not mention it is that they are embarrassed. You ought to go back to your electorates and stand in front of those car workers and say, 'At the last election I was not honest.'

Debate interrupted.