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Thursday, 15 March 2012
Page: 3106

Mining


Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (14:24): My question is to the Prime Minister. I remind the Prime Minister that Garden City Plastics, Australia's premier manufacturer of plastic pots, just like this pot here, which employs 300 people will pay at least an additional $120,000 every year on their electricity bill because of her carbon tax. Will the Prime Minister guarantee to those 300 workers in my electorate of Casey that not one of them will lose their job because of her toxic carbon tax?

Opposition members interjecting

Ms Roxon interjecting

The SPEAKER: The Attorney-General will be extremely cautious. Before I call the Prime Minister, I remind the honourable member for Casey that props are undesirable.



Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (14:25): If the member for Casey is concerned about the jobs of these workers within his electorate, and I accept that he is, why does he want to deny that business a tax cut? A tax cut would do that business a lot of good. Why is he going to vote against that business getting a tax cut? Why is he going to make sure that business pays more tax?

Mr Tony Smith interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Casey will remain silent.

Ms GILLARD: That is what the member for Casey stands for in this parliament—that business that employs 300 workers paying more tax. That is what he stands for.

Mr Tony Smith interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Casey will remove himself from the chamber under the provisions of standing order 94(a). I asked the member for Casey to remain silent. He did not. He will leave.

The member for Casey then left the chamber.

Ms GILLARD: On the question of carbon pricing, of course what the member for Casey has not spoken about and would not speak about is the support for jobs. What he has not spoken about is the support for families. What he has not spoken about are the tax cuts involved. What he has not spoken about is the money going into the hands of pensioners, people who live in his electorate and people who might well go and shop at the business that he has referred to in this parliament. At base, there is no getting away from the fact that as we end this parliamentary week on all of these questions about businesses and business prosperity, on all of these questions about jobs, there is a very simple choice in this parliament: under Labor those businesses will pay less company tax; under the Liberals they will pay more.