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ALI MOORE, PRESENTER: Parliament resumes sitting tomorrow in what will be a crunch week for the
Gillard Government.

The Climate Change Minister's putting the final touches to the carbon tax, which is expected to
pass the Lower House this week.

But the fate of the legislation to change the Migration Act to allow the Malaysia solution is far
from assured.

Political correspondent Tom Iggulden reports.

TOM IGGULDEN, REPORTER: Greg Combet for one is raring to go.

GREG COMBET, CLIMATE CHANGE MINISTER (to press): OK. I assume you're pretty ready.

TOM IGGULDEN: The Climate Change Minister says after a decade of debate, push on climate change is
coming to shove.

GREG COMBET: I've been dealing with the public policy issue now for quite a period of time and I'd
like to get it done, (laughs) I have to say.

TOM IGGULDEN: And it will get done when it hits the Lower House tomorrow and Wednesday. The only
question now being whether avowed carbon pricing supporter Malcolm Turnbull will cross the floor to
vote for it too.

lot or you've got a short-term memory problem. I've said for some time that I'll be voting with the

TOM IGGULDEN: Less certain is the fate of the Government's bill to change the Migration Act, set to
be debated in the House on Thursday. It's got no chance of passing the Senate, but the Government's
looking for a victory in the Lower House.

To win one, it needs support from the crossbenchers. Key WA crossbencher Tony Crook isn't tipping
his hand just yet.

TONY CROOK, WA NATIONALS MP: I can understand why the Government's looking to do this. I can also
understand why the Opposition is pushing the amendments.

TOM IGGULDEN: A loss would be historic. It's been 80 years since a government lost a vote in the
Lower House. It then cost conservative prime minister Stanley Bruce his seat and his Coalition
government power.

Tony Crook says his priority is stopping the boats.

TONY CROOK: I ran a campaign trying to get a better deal for Western Australia and I'll sit on the
crossbench and try and do that as well as I can.

TOM IGGULDEN: For all the legislative uncertainty, the Opposition's continuing to fuel leadership
instability within the Government. A stage-managed meeting of shadow cabinet was the perfect

TONY ABBOTT, OPPOSITION LEADER: It's interesting that the Labor Party couldn't actually invite the
cameras into a meeting of the Cabinet at the moment because of the palpable hostility between the
Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister.

JULIE BISHOP, SHADOW FOREIGN MINISTER: And it's rather unseemly to watch the Prime Minister and the
Foreign Minister competing for airtime over issues as serious as the young boy in Bali.

TOM IGGULDEN: That followed reports the Prime Minister's spoken directly the 14-year-old held in
jail in Bali for drug possession. Kevin Rudd had made initial contact with the boy's family last

The Climate Change Minister's office has also been in touch with the family, who live in his

GREG COMBET: For them to know that at the highest level of our government this support and
encouragement is being offered I think's very important for them.

TOM IGGULDEN: But the Opposition found another opening to attack the Government today. The
Economist intelligence unit surveyed 50 countries' broadband plans and found Australia's was the
most expensive per head.

The report also found Australia's plan ran contrary to the market-driven options favoured by
European nations.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: This is the telecommunications version of Cuba. You know, Cuba's the last
communist state. I stand corrected; there's North Korea too. You see, Stephen Conroy doesn't even
have a North Korea to his Cuba. He's the one and only.

TOM IGGULDEN: And so the stage is set for the new parliamentary session.

Tom Iggulden, Lateline.