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Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Page: 3271


Mr WHITELEY (Braddon) (18:14): I am delighted to be able to speak about these repeal bills in detail. The honourable member who just resumed his seat is allegedly a QC. I do not think he is real smart, to be quite frank. I think he should give his QC back.

You just do not get it. You have sat here with your colleagues today in this place and mocked everything that we are trying to achieve. You just do not get it. The Productivity Commission themselves said that there are billions upon billions of dollars to be saved when a government with courage stands up and deals with red and green tape. You just do not like detail.

The problem with those opposite is that they detest detail. They are impatient and they will always skim over the detail. Concepts like methodical and considered are foreign to these people opposite. You only have to look at their track record to see that. They have opened the debate on detail, so let us talk about the detail that they continue to look over. Maybe we should look at some of the transcripts from the royal commission currently underway into the pink batts scheme, which demonstrates that these people opposite have no idea about detail. They rush to the endgame with no consideration about the impact. We consider the impact. We are working methodically through the savings that need to be found for this nation's future. Whether it is pink batts, superclinics or the NBN, you know nothing about detail. It is all a sweeping dream for you over there—

Mr Dreyfus: Mr Deputy Speaker, I raise a point of order. Nothing of what this member has said is relevant to the debate before the House. He should be drawn back to the subject matter.

Mr WHITELEY: I thank the honourable member. He should definitely give the QC back, because he still has no clue. You would not know what detail was if it fell down and hit you on the head. The bottom line here is that we are going about what we said we would go about—that is, to save business, to save communities, to save charities, to save everybody in this country from red and green tape and to deal with the regulation issues that face this country.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, the honourable member for Koorong—Kooyong, rather—recently penned a very good piece in the Herald Sun

Mr Thistlethwaite: Mr Deputy Speaker, I raise a point of order. One would expect members of the government to know the seats of members—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Mr Vasta ): Order! There is no point of order.

Mr WHITELEY: Next time you should stand up. I could not see you.

The Parliamentary Secretary wrote a very good piece for the Herald Sun. It was entitled 'We must loosen the ties that bind'. Nothing could sum up what we are about better than that title. Those few simple words sum up what this government is about: loosening the ties that bind our nation. Through you, Mr Deputy Speaker, you lot over there had six years and you bound up this country in 21,000 additional regulations. Well, in six months this parliamentary secretary is going to do more than you ever dreamed of.

The legislation that we are debating today will save us over $700 million. The opposition has an attitude of mistrust in the ability of individuals in our society to go about their business without constant intrusion by the state, and it is this attitude that has led to an unprecedented unwillingness on the part of Australians to trust their own government. We get in their way each and every day. It is time to get out of the way. Regulations that overreach send a message to our citizens that we do not trust them. They send a message that bureaucrats in Canberra are the answer, rather than those people actually running our businesses on a day-to-day basis, the people that employ workers in this country or volunteer their time and money for charities. There is no doubt that we need processes in place to guard, but we have to do what we have to do to deregulate in this economy. We must find ways to save business time and money. We must take on board recommendations from the Productivity Commission and take on board the fact that these sorts of regulations are standing in the way of our economy. They are costing us billions upon billions of dollars. This government is going to do something about it. You might not like the detail, but you should catch up.