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Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Page: 7988

Carbon Pricing


Mr TUDGE (Aston) (14:47): My question is to the Treasurer. I refer the Treasurer to his answer to my question last week when he said that there was 'not a lot of truth' to the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce's bulletin that found that air-conditioning gas would increase by $30 per kilogram due to the carbon tax. Given that the government's own carbon tax calculator on www.environment.gov.au calculates that the carbon tax on air-conditioning gas will increase the price of the gas by $30 per kilogram, does the Treasurer stand by his answer? (Time expired)


Mr SWAN (LilleyDeputy Prime Minister and Treasurer) (14:48): I thank the member for his question because it is yet another example of all the exaggeration that we have seen from those opposite and all of the tall stories. I do not really take much at all of what those opposite say because it is generally misleading and it is inaccurate.

Mr Robb interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): The member for Goldstein is warned.

Mr SWAN: All of these matters will be tested by the ACCC and we will see where the truth lies. But I do take the words that have been uttered by the member, and this is what he had to say on 13 February 2007:

… the Government's role should be to create the market environment that will lead to the outcomes sought either through putting a price on CO2 or placing a cap on how much CO2 will be emitted …

Mr Tudge: For the benefit of the Treasurer, Madam Deputy Speaker, I seek leave to table this printout of the carbon tax calculator.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Aston will resume his seat. Is leave granted to table the document?

Mr Albanese: As I have indicated to the opposition consistently, Madam Deputy Speaker, if they wish for something to be tabled, they should consult with the government beforehand, then we will give it full consideration.

Mr Tudge interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Aston will resume his seat. The Leader of the House has the call.

Mr Albanese: They cannot be trusted to table what they say they have got.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: I am assuming that was 'no', leave is not granted.

Ms Julie Bishop: Madam Deputy Speaker, is the Leader of Government Business seriously suggesting that we should tell him, in advance of question time, what documents we want to table?

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Deputy Leader of the Opposition will resume her seat.

Ms Julie Bishop interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Deputy Leader of the Opposition will resume her seat.