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This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Welcome to Parliament House in Canberra. We have Question Time coming up in just a moment. The first in a fortnight of sittings for the House of Representatives. The Senate's also sitting this week but it goes into budget estimates as of next week. Today marks 100 days since Australians went to the polls on 2 July to narrowly, it turns out, re-elect the Turnbull Government so Labor's likely to refer to that in questions today. There might also be references to the same-sex marriage plebiscite bill and the country country legislation -- Country Fire Authority legislation in Victoria. Let's go to the House.On September 28, Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel died. We mourn his passing but honour and celebrate his long and eventful life. The passion of Shimon Peres for the State of Israel which he helped to found was matched only by his commitment to pursuing peace with Israel for his neighbours. The man whose surname is derived from the ancient he brew word of Eagle has become a dove of peace. He was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his efforts in the Oslo Accord. To this day, his centre for Peace seeks to link Israelis and Palestinians in programs that promote reconciliation. Mr Peres' deep personal commitment began was Israel was a dream. Born on 22 August, 1923 in Poland, he was the son of Jewish parents. At the age of 11, Shimon and his family moved to Tel Aviv and Palestinian. He joined the Zionist movement to establish the nation state of Israel and served in Israel's pre-independence military organisation. Following his Israel's snns, he worked alongside Israel's first Prime Minister. At the age of 29, Shimon was appointed Director-General of the Defence Ministry. In 1959, he was elected to the Knesset and served there working there as Finance Minister, Defence Minister. He served twice as Prime Minister, once in the early 1980s and then briefly after the assassination in 1995. He served as President and retired just days before his 91st birthday. He remained a powerful advocate for the two-State solution. The Palestinians are our closest neighbours, I believe they may become our closest friends. His dream was to see Palestinians and Israelis live in peace and security, to build, to educate their citizens and to prosper. My wife Lucy recently visited Israel with a group of businesswomen to inspect high-tech innovation centres, talk to innovators and universities which are key assets in the economic success story of modern Israel and vital interests throughout his long life of Shimon Peres. This group had the privilege of visiting Shimon Peres at the centre of peace. He told Lucy the secret of perpetual youth was to ensure that your list of dreams always remained longer than your list of achievements. In that sense, this very old man, after such a life of extraordinary achievement and such an eventful one, nonetheless, died forever young. Unfortunately he did not visit Australia but spoke of the sacrifice of those made by Australians in World War I and would recall fondly the troops stationed in Israel in World War II. Perhaps his affection for Australia was more personal still. His father was saved from Nazi execution by a fellow prisoner of war, an Australian Methodist Minister Rex Dakers, after escaping from the Nazis, his father was recaptured. Padry Dakers versed the soldiers they had not received a proper trial and it would be a war crime. The pad rewarned if they were shot, he would have to be shot. When his son visited Melbourne last year, he visited the Dakers family, a moment Shimon called the closing of a circle. I extends our nation's sympathy and condolences to his children and their families. I take this opportunity to acknowledge his marriage of 66 years to their mother who passed away a few years ago. I also extend our nation's condolences to the government and the people of Israel and the many Australians in our Jewish community who enjoyed a close personal friendship with Shimon Peres. We understand and we share your loss. Shimon Peres once said the duty of leaders is to pursue freedom ceaselessly, even in the face of hostility, in the face of doubt and disappointment. Just imagine what could be. His dreams, his list of dreams, longer than his list of achievements. He echoed there, Mr Speaker, and he often invoked David's words in the 34th Psalm: Depart from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it. It is not enough to want peace or to yearn for it but we must, like Shimon Peres did, and David urged, pursue it with the relentless determination of the hunter. Israel's prosperity forged by the intellect and the innovation of its people has proved that Shimon Peres was right to believe in the greatest opportunities for the nation he helped to found and he was right to dream of even greater possibilities in a peaceful future to come.Hear, hear! .The Leader of the Opposition.Thank you, Mr Speaker. Today we pay our respects to the last of Israel's founding generation. A youthful prodigy, an elder statesman, icon. A magnetic orator, a deep thinker, a servant of peace. I had the privilege of meeting with him on a number of occasions including with Chloe when we were in Israel in 2012. He was a very charismatic man but also generous with his time, advice and attention. He lived the story of his people. A migrant story, leaving Poland to join the die speara, pursuing a new life in Palestinian. His father scratching out a future for the family in unforgiving story. His grandfather who gifted Shimon a love of reading stayed in Poland and was burned alive in his synagogue when the Nazis captured his Village. The teenage Shimon wept, studied hard, toiled the field and guarded the rifle by night. His story is a story of atrocities overcome. A faith more powerful than hatred. People who from the ashes build a new nation in their ancient homeland. From the first days of modern Israel to its seventh decade. He served his people and spoke for his nation. A child of the kibbutz drove the transformation of the desert. He armed his nations and existal threat, he fought for a country secure in its independence, confident of its place in the region and safe in the world. But for all his success, for the breadth of achievements and the long shadow of his legacy, one noble goal eluded him. Peace. As he once said of Israel's wars, we won them all but we did not win the greatest victory we aspired to, release from the need to win victories. Mr Speaker, with the passing of Shimon Peres, the quest for a secure and lasting peace in the Middle East passes to all those whom he mentored and inspired. Let us vow to do what we can to assist the cause of peace, to support the right of all who call this region home to live in peace with one another. Let that be Shimon Peres' final legacy and his greatest. May he rest in peace.The Leader of the House.Mr Speaker, I move that the House takes note of the Prime Minister's statement of indulgence on the passing of Shimon Peres.The Manager of Opposition Business?I move the debate be adjourned.All those of that opinion say Aye? I think the ayes have it. Questions without notice. The Prime Minister.I inform the House the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport will be absent from Question Time today as he is representing the Government at the Congress in Melbourne. The Minister for urban infrastructure will answer questions on his behalf.The Leader of the Opposition.Thank you. My question is to the Prime Minister. Immediately after the election, the Prime Minister promised that he'd learnt his lesson on Medicare but today in the Parliament the Prime Minister voted against Labor's motion to keep Medicare in public hands, reverse the freeze on Medicare rebates and his costs will drive up the costs of blood tests, MRI and X-rays. Doesn't this show after 100 days the Prime Minister still hasn't learnt anything about Medicare?Members on my right, the Prime Minister has the call.Mr Speaker, what this shows is that the Leader of the Opposition has not woken up to the fact that his lies about Medicare were exposed in the election. Frightening old people. Sending text messages. Purporting to be from Medicare. So proud of that is the Labor Party.The Prime Minister won't use unparliamentary terms. The Prime Minister has the call.Thank you, Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, I am pleased to have the opportunity to remind the Leader of the Opposition of the gross deceit he perpetrated on the Australian people. He set out in the last week of the election to perpetrate a massive falsehood. His party sent millions of text messages claiming that the Government was going to sell Medicare and those messages appeared to come from Medicare itself. That's what they did. If that had been done in a commercial matter, if that had been done by a business, the people responsible would be facing criminal charges today and the Opposition know it. They took advantage of what appears to be a loophole in the law which this Parliament will close. To drive through this massive falsehood and deceive so many vulnerable Australians. Mr Speaker, we are investing record levels of funding into Medicare and it grows every year. We're investing more than $22 billion into Medicare this year, 1 billion more than last year. It will increase to nearly $26 billion by 2019-20. Under our Government, bulk billing rates the highest they have ever been. GP bulk billing is over 85% compared to an average of 79% under Labor. Across Australia last financial year, Mr Speaker, there were over 17 million more bulk billed GP attendances compared to Labor's last full year in office. So more Australians than ever before are seeing their doctor without having to pay anything for it. We are delivering the largest ever price reduction of medicine for consumers across the PBS. More than 2,000 brands of medicine treating common conditions dropped in price for millions of Australians on 1 October, some by as much as 50% or more. The Labor Party has done nothing about Medicare except frighten vulnerable Australians with falsehoods. We defend it. We sustain it. We ensure it serves Australia. The members for Jagajaga and Griffith and Bendigo will cease interjecting. I remind the Member for Jagajaga in particular. My warnings. I call the member for Corangamite.My question is to the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister update the House on action being taken by the Government to protect Australia's emergency services volunteers and, in doing so, deliver on our election commitments?The Prime Minister has the call.Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank the honourable member for her question. I remember well the visit my wife and I made to Wye River where we saw the extraordinary work done by the volunteers of the Country Fire Authority to protect their community, where under the leadership of their captain, of their brigade, they had done the planning, they had done the community outreach, they had set the measures in place that ensured that when the inferno came, no lives were lost. Those were the volunteers that stand between Victorians and the worst that nature can throw at them and we defend them. We defend them. The Leader of the Opposition and his party are tied up with another militant union seeking to undermine the independence of the volunteers, seeking to disrespect them, to remove their autonomy, to undermine their independence and, in doing so, undermine their very ability to recruit. Who do they think stands between them and their homes this summer? Who will it be? It will be the volunteer firefighters of Victoria. The volunteers. That great Australian selfless tradition of courage and sacrifice and we stand for them. Labor abandoned them. Labor abandoned them. We said during the election we would stand with them. We said we would amend the Fair Work Act to ensure that those changes to their enterprise bargaining agreement, to those changes -The Member for Griffith will leave under 94A.- that the Andrews Government own Minister resigned, a Labor Minister resigned in protest, the board had to be sacked, 60,000 volunteers in uproar, their ability to recruit undermined, their morale undermined. What sort of recklessness in this? How beholden is the modern Labor Party to militant unions that they are prepared to take on 60,000 volunteers? I tell you, the Labor Party of Hawke and Rann and Keating would never have done that but what we see now is a Labor Party that is captured by militant trade unions that will stop at nothing to secure their industrial purposes. What about the Labor Party talks about equality and fairness? What about the Warrnambool fire station where the paid firefighters, the union members, refused to walk through the same door as the volunteers? Refused to walk through the same door as the volunteers. What is the message they're sending? We are defending the firefighters as they defend us. Hear, hear!The Member for Ballarat. Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Prime Minister. It's now 100 days since the election after which the Prime Minister said he had learnt a very clear lesson about his attacks on Medicare. So why has the Prime Minister failed to abandon the freeze on Medicare rebates which will mean Australians will pay more every time they go to see a doctor? The Member for Corangamite will cease interjecting. The Prime Minister has the call.Mr Speaker, it's interesting to see how the Labor Party's indignation boils down to the indexation freeze. A freeze which they imposed. A freeze which Labor imposed. So their complaint today, after the build-up earlier in the House, their complaint is that the freeze has been continued. That's not what they told millions of older Australians during the election. That's not what was in the text message or the robbo call frightening older Australians. The Honourable Member plays the violin. She regards it, as do her colleagues, as something of mirth to have pulled up off such a brilliant deceit. They're so proud. They're laughing with joy. How many people did they deceive?The Member for Ballarat will resume her seat. There is no possible point of order. I refer you to the practice. I refer you to the practice, then we can have a chat later. The Prime Minister has the call.Thank you Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, the difference between us and Labor on this issue is that we are getting on with the job of delivering better health services to all Australians. Mr Speaker, from October 1, one in three brands of medicine on the PBS are cheaper for consumers by as much as $20 per script per medicine. We have listed new medicines for melanoma, cancer, Cystic Fibrosis and a drug that treats and cures hepatitis C. Many of these medicines would have cost Australians tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars a year but we have been able to list them so that they only cost around $38 or just over $6 for a concession script. So uninterested is the Member for Ballarat at this good news for her constituents, people suffering from melanoma, people suffering from hepatitis C, people suffering from dire diseases, the drugs for which they could not afford and are now able to, so unconcerned about that is she laughs and talks over the top of this news. She has no interest in anything but the politics of this issue. The politics of this monstrous deceit that they perpetrated on the Australian people.The Prime Minister will resume his seat. The Manager of Opposition Business on a point of order.On a point of order and on Parliamentary conduct, there are references in practice to asserting that members of Parliament and verbally members of Parliament have made particular comments. The Prime Minister is doing that.The Manager of Opposition Business - there are other forms of the House for the Member for Ballarat as the Manager of Opposition Business knows.We are the only party, the only Coalition, the only parties in this Parliament with the plan that will pay for Medicare so Australians continue to receive the healthcare, the outstanding healthcare they do now and into the future and we'll continue to improve that because we are investing in the drugs that save lives and we're able to do that because of the way in which we manage the public finances of Australia.The Member for Clare.My question is to the Treasurer. Will the Treasurer update the House on how the Government is progressing the national economic plan we proposed at the July election and how will the Government's plan support the successful transition of Australia's economy?I call the Treasurer.Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank the Member for Clare for his question. Australians at the last election voted for jobs and growth, Mr Speaker. They voted for a national economic plan to drive jobs and growth and that is what they've been getting. They've been getting it over the past year, past three years and they're continuing to get an increase in the number of jobs and increase in economic growth which is there to lift living standards and ensure Australians can plan for their future with confidence. They will continue to get that because that plan is being implemented. Unlike those who opposite for who the first 100 days if they were elected try and work out what they were going to do. They said it would take them 100 days to come up with an economic plan. From day one we have gone about implementing that plan. We are secured some $11 billion in budget improvement measures just in the first few sitting weeks. In addition to that, we have initiated a five yearly inquiry into Australia's productivity performance. This is important because productivity improvements is critical to lifting the living standards and earnings of the country. Those opposite think the way to raise revenue is to increase taxes. On this side we know the way to support the Government's budget is to ensure Australians earn more, that companies earn more and that Australians can get ahead and you do that by lifting the productivity performance of the country. In addition to that, Mr Speaker, we have moved on the financial systems inquiry which is making our financial and banking system stronger to improve our economic resilience so it is no surprise that, in just the first 100 days, not one ratings agency but two ratings agencies has affirmed Australia's AAA rating over the course of the last 100 days. In addition we have moved to ensure we are cracking down on foreign investment applications that don't meet the standard. Those who have sought to abuse the rules in foreign investment, we have been ordering divestments which total some $96 million of additional properties that were bought under false pretences. On top of that, we have introduced into this House tax cuts that are designed to do two things - to support Australians who are going to work every day and would be facing higher rates of personal income tax for those on the average real-time ordinary earnings, they would have gone into the second highest tax bracket. Because of the measures introduced by this side of the House, they won't move into that zone and we have also introduced into this House an enterprise tax plan that is designed to increase investment in our economy. Those opposite used to support lower tax measures to drive investment, to drive jobs and to drive growth. The only thing they stand for now, Mr Speaker, is higher taxes, higher taxes on the Australian economy and higher deficits. The plan they took to the election was a $16. $16.5 billion higher deficit -The Treasurer's time has.On Friday, more than 600 people lost their jobs in the Australian automotive industry. I note the Prime Minister had nothing to say about these jobs even though his predecessor did Tweet his sympathies. Why did the Prime Minister spend last week fighting for the jobs of bank CEOs and not thousands of automotive manufacturing workers? What is the plan to help these automotive workers find new jobs?The Leader of the Opposition's time has expired. The Prime Minister has the call. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Friday was a very sad day for the workers at Ford and the communities of Geelong and Broadfoot. - Broad meadows. That's been the home of auto manufacturing in Victoria for many years. It is important for honourable members to remember, particularly those opposite, that Ford's decision to stop local production was made more than three years ago under the Gillard Labor Government. It was made despite Ford accessing $300 million of taxpayer funding under the automotive transformation scheme between 2011 and 2015. Mr Speaker, my Government is keenly focused on helping workers who have lost their jobs into new jobs and supporting firms in the supply chain to diversify their operations and access new export opportunities. We have established a $155 million growth fund to deliver on these objectives and work closely with Australian manufacturers as we do. We're backing local manufacturing. We're beginning to see a world-class advanced manufacturing sector emerge. The honourable members opposite may have visited, as I have, with the Member for Corangamite, carbon revolution in Geelong. That is the leader in its field in making carbon wheel rims. The leader in its field, the global best. That is an example of advanced manufacturing in Australia. Another in Ringwood is another example. It is important to remember when we reflect on the politics of this that the future of manufacturing in Australia must be advanced manufacturing. Must be advanced manufacturing. Let's take this comparison. How many Australian ships, naval vessels, did the Labor Party commission during its six years? None. Not one. Not one. Only the Coalition has a comprehensive plan for naval ship building and the advanced manufacturing jobs that come with 54 vessels. Our commitments, long overdue commitments in an area of responsibility neglected by Labor, will deliver thousands of advanced manufacturing jobs and deliver unprecedented spillover benefits in technology right across the economy. So we are transitioning our economy. We are moving on it. We are providing new opportunities whereas the Labor Party once again is playing politics.The Member for Mayo.Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science. Minister, demise of Australia's automotive industry is a tragedy that is causing a tsunami of job losses. The automotive transformation scheme should assist in the transformation of the industry but remains underspent by $1.24 billion. Not all automotive and after-market product providers can remain in the industry and will need to diversify to survive. Will the Government change the scheme to allow automotive and after-market product providers to access funding for diversification into non-automotive products and will the Minister confirm no funding cuts to the scheme before 2020 thereby saving tens of thousands of jobs?The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.Thank you, Mr Speaker. I want to thank the Member for her question. I did meet last week with representatives of all three automotive manufacturers in Australia. As the Prime Minister said, this was a very difficult week. Not just for the workers at Ford but I know that in SA, of course, there was the ending of the line for the Holden crews. The fundamental point here is that we are taking steps through a $155 million growth fund to deal with precisely the points which the Member raises. That fund includes $15 million directly to assist workers with their transition. It includes a $90 million next generation automotive and other industrial advancement manufacturing program, precisely the sort of work which the Prime Minister outlined and which the Member is seeking so that work is already occurring. We recently announced a series of grants right across Victoria and SA for new manufacturing jobs to provide the very opportunities. So we are working through the $155 million growth fund on providing opportunities for the individual workers, on assisting the regions and on assisting the sector of advanced manufacturing. I would note, for example, in SA, we were able to support Elex Medical in Salisbury, $2. 5 million, this is under the Next Generation manufacturing invest program. It is investing in advanced equipment and systems, part of medical device manufacturing. You build on that with the $90 billion which is associated with the naval defence program, the 54 ships which the Prime Minister has outlined, these are providing real opportunities, enormous opportunities. I would say this - as difficult as last week was, one of the important things that came out from my discussions and having visited the Ford plant - the Ford grounds in the area near Geelong is that there are 1,600 jobs at Ford, another 400 plus contractors that will be continuing and the future of the automotif industry in Australia is about advanced design. We are one of a short number of global providers - The Member for Mayo on a point of order.I was asking about the $1.24 billion for the automotive transformation scheme and asking the Minister if he will -The Member for Mayo is making a point of order? Relevance, Mr Speaker. Also, I asked him about whether he will ensure there is no funding cuts to the scheme before 2020.The Member for Mayo has made her point of order.My point is very clear. We have set out a $155 million growth fund. We are delivering that growth fund. We got ahead of the game when the decision was made under the previous Labor Government to close manufacturing in Australia, we did not sit idly by. We acted. We put in place a program for workers' jobs, new sectors and for the region, that is making a real difference.Just before I call the Member for Boothby, I inform the House we have present in the gallery this afternoon the honourable Bruce Billson, former Minister and former Member for Dunkley and the honourable MacTiernan teern, former Member for Perth - Alannah MacTiernan. I extend to them a very warm welcome. I call the Member for Boothby.My question is to the Minister for Environment and Energy. Will the Minister update the House on developments following the extraordinary meeting of the COAG energy ministers on Friday? Is the Minister aware of any challenges facing Australia's energy security? The Minister for the Environment and Energy.Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank the America -- Member for Boothby, her constituents from Mitch ham to Black Wood, Dover Gardens to Somerton Park, have experienced the hard community costs that came with the SA blackouts on September September. It was against this back drop that the COAG Energy council was called. We were briefed on the developments in battery storage, on the hardening of infrastructure, on the need for more interconnectors between States and we, of course, had a briefing from the market operator on what happened in SA and, of course, we had a robust discussion about the State-based, the aggressive State-based renewable targets and the implication they have. There was a big breakthrough in two key points. Firstly, there was an agreement by the Ministers, an express agreement, their primary responsibility is energy security, reliability and affordability. Secondly, there was an agreement by Ministers that there would be an independent review that would be chaired by the chief sin 'tis Alan Finkel which will provide information back to ministers about the reforms that may be needed. Are there any challenges to this approach? The greatest challenge comes from those opposite with their reckless pursuit, their reckless pursuit of ideological approach to renewable energy targets without thinking through the implications for energy security. The Leader of the Opposition has a Renewable Energy Target of 50% by 2030. We are told that will require 10,000 turbines. Where are they going to be built? In Marshinong I presume.The Minister will just resume his seat for a second. The Members for Gellibrand and Shortland are warned. I wasn't confident they would hear it unless I interrupted the Minister.Labor's 50% Renewable Energy Target by 2030 we are told by the Bloomberg Clean Energy Finance will cost $48 billion. If you had a $48 billion program, you'd expect you'd have a bit of detail to show so I went to the Labor Party's policies at the last election and what did I find on p. 11? I will quote. "In Government, Labor will announce the proposed design details for their RET by October 1st 2017". We have to wait to next year to even see the detail. But not everybody in the Parliament or elsewhere is too happy with Labor. The President of the CFMEU has said he is very concerned about the impact on the cost and jobs of that particular policy. Mr Speaker, the party that gave us cash for clunkers, green loans, the carbon tax and, of course, the citizens' assembly can now not be trusted with the Renewable Energy Target.The Minister's time has expired. I call the Member for Port Adelaide.Thank you. My question is to the Prime Minister. During the election at a campaign rally in Adelaide, the Prime Minister praised SA as a leader in clean energy generation. Why did the Prime Minister champion renewable energy in SA before the election only to use an extreme weather event to play politics after the election? Isn't that just another example of the Prime Minister following his party instead of leading it?The Leader of the House will cease interjecting. The Prime Minister has the call.Thank you, Mr Speaker. I do thank the honourable member for his question because in asking it, he puts his finger on the very central problem that Labor faces with this issue. That they treat renewable energy as an ideological issue rather than a technological issue. The bottom line is simply this: There are many sources of electricity. There is intermittent renewable, there is hydro, we have many forms of fossil fuel generation. All of them have different characteristics. What we have to do is take away the ideology and the political clap trap that the Labor Party surrounds all of their policies and focus on these objectives. What we need to do is ensure that we keep the lights on, something the honourable member's Labor colleagues in SA demonstrably failed to do. We have to keep the lights on. We have to ensure that there is energy security. We have to ensure that households and businesses can afford to pay for it and his Labor colleagues in SA have created the most expensive wholesale electricity in Australia. That's very helpful, isn't it, I'd ask the honourable members? Terribly helpful if you want to revive your manufacturing base. Come to SA and pay more for your electricity than anywhere else. What an extraordinary proposition. You've got to do that. Energy, security, energy affordability and we have to meet our emission reduction targets as set out in the Paris treaty. So we have to do all three. We have to make sure we achieve them all together. The Minister who has just answered the last question set out the importance of doing that and the way he is showing the leadership that the Labor Party in Government constantly failed to do and fails to do at the State level in ensuring we get the measures, the plans that give us security, affordability and emission reduction. This is a time when we must stop putting ideology into something that is essentially an engineering issue. How do we achieve those three goals? There's a way to do it, we're leading the way. The Member for Moreton and Kingston will cease interjecting. The Member for Bonner.My question is to the Minister for Defence Industry. Will the Minister update the house on how the joint strike fighter provides opportunities to grow the defence in the national economic plan we proposed at the July election?The Minister.Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank the Member for Bonner for his question. I ask that the Member withdraw the statement he just made across the chamber to me which I find very offensive.If the Member - the Minister will resume his seat. Did the Member make an unparliamentary remark? I didn't understand that.No.The Leader of the House has the call.The Labor Party has sunk very low, Mr Speaker, unfortunately. They've sunk very low when they make someone like the Member for McKun the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament. In any event, let's return -The Member for McEwen will cease interjecting.The joint strike fighter program is delivering great opportunities for the Australian defence industry. It's ensured $800 million worth of contracts for Australian businesses and we expect that that will rise to between $2-2. 5 billion by 2023. Australia is a partner in the joint strike fighter program thanks to the foresight of the previous Howard Government. It is not just a customer in the joint strike fighter program. That means that Australian businesses get to benefit materially from supplying this program.

from supplying this program.
Businesses like Ferrer engineering which attaches the rockets on the joint strike fighter to the plane itself. Ferrer Engineering is the sole provider of these around the world. It will supply all 3,000 joint strike fighters with this particular product. This is leading to jobs, growth and investment not just in Ferrer Engineering but all around Australia in the 30 plus businesses that are suppliers for the joint strike fighter program. The maintenance and sustainment of the joint strike fighter program is another opportunity for Australia to benefit materially and economically. We have already won the rights to be the regional hub for Asia for the maintenance and sustainment of the frames and engines for the joint strike fighter. Last week I went to Washington to press our case for Australia to be the regional hub for the joint strike fighter maintenance and sustainment of componentry, things like avionics, landing gear and so on. This was worth tremendous revenue to Australia. I met with Ash Carter, the Secretary of Defence, Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defence and the Lieutenant General who is the decision-maker in this program. I feel very hopeful we will be able to be the regional hub for the maintenance and sustainment of the joint strike fighter. This is the Government delivering on its election commitments. We are getting on with the job of our national economic plan. Unlike the Labor Party who are mired in ideology and politics we on this side of the House are getting on with the job, in this case in defence industry, providing jobs and growth and investment and infrastructure. Sniemt the Leader of the Opposition. Thank -The Leader of the Opposition.My question is to the Prime Minister. What is the Government's policy to support the development of renewable energy projects after 2020?The Prime Minister has the call.I thank the Honourable member for his question. The honourable member should be well aware that our commitment to the Paris treaty, of course, requires substantial reductions in emissions up to 2030. We already are meeting and beating our Kyoto targets. The Renewable Energy Target, of course, is set at 2020. All of these Renewable Energy Targets and the whole climate policy will be addressed and reviewed in the course of next year. That has been the case for some time. I will invite the Minister to add further to this answer but I can just say - I just want to remind the honourable member, I want to remind the honourable member of this very important point. Renewable energy is a means to an end. Renewable energy is a means to an end. The object, the national objective, the national commitment that we have, is to meet the Paris targets. How we meet that, the manner in which we meet that will be partly met by Renewable Energy Targets and partly met by other measures such as the Emissions Reduction Fund. I will invite the Minister to add further to this answer.The Minister will just wait for a second. The Leader of the House will cease interjecting. The Member for Shortland will leave under 94A. I tried to do it as efficiently as possible.We are not going to introduce a carbon tax, Mr Speaker. Now the Labor Party took another tax to the last election and do you know who said that? The Member for hunter because the Member for Hunter went on the Bolt program and he was asked the question "Can I go back to what you said? You said you can call it a tax?" . "You can call it a tax if you like".The Minister will resume his seat. The Manager of Opposition Business on a point of order.On direct relevance, you do not get a question as specific in policy terms as what's been put here. In fairness to the Minister, it was directed to the Prime Minister at the time but there was no preamble, there is no politics in it, it is a straight question about the policy.The Manager of Opposition Business can resume his seat. As the Manager of Opposition Business well knows, even when there are two answers within the one question, the Minister's entitled to a preamble but he must now move to the substance of the question.Mr Speaker, it is uncomfortable for the Opposition to know that Australia has met its Kyoto targets and we are on track to meet our 2020 targets by 78 million tonnes. We have a 2030 target which was 26-28% which is among the highest in the G20 based on a per capita basis. We have a whole suite of policies of which the 23. 5% Renewable Energy Target is one. We have an Emissions Reduction Fund which has reduced emissions at a cost of abatement of $12.10. That is much better than the punitive carbon tax. We, of course, we have ARENA, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Renewable Energy Target. We have a suite of policies and we have introduced into the Parliament the Paris agreement for ratification. Those opposite have given us the cash for clunkers, given us the green loans, the pink batts, the carbon tax -The Minister will resume his seat. I call the Member for Dunkley.Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Minister for Trade, Tourism and vment. - Investment. Will the Minister update the House on how the Government is driving economic growth as part of our national economic plan we proposed at the July election?The Minister for Trade and Investment. Thank you very much Mr Speaker. I thank the Member for Dunkley for his question. Clearly at the last election there was a clear choice that Australians had between the national economic plan of this government or the lack of a plan the Australian Labor Party had. This government had a clear plan, a plan that was built on providing additional export opportunities for Australian businesses. We saw those opportunities not only confined to opportunities around goods but also in relation to opportunities around services. It is this Government's clear-eyed vision around the transitioning Australian economy that is underpinning the policy that we have taken forward. Policy that will be crucial to ensuring jobs in the future, economic growth and ensuring that Australians have a higher standard of living tomorrow than they did ever under the previous Labor Government. A key part of our plan in relation to providing additional export opportunities, which I know the Member for Dunn ki is passionate about, is the focus we have on opportunities in relation to services. The services sector, Mr Speaker, represents some 70% of Australia's GDP. Significantly, it employs around four out of five Australians. Yet it accounts for approximately only 20% of our total exports. Herein lies the magnificent opportunity that the Turnbull Coalition Government is capitalising upon because we made sure that Australia in the future is well placed to take advantage of growth throughout our region. Currently the Asian middle class represents around 600 million people. But it's rising. It's going to 3 billion people. It's been the Coalition Government that's put in place the framework to ensure that we can meet the demands and the needs and the investment opportunities for those 3 billion people in Asia's middle class. If you look at the last 12 months, for example, we see that the value of services exports has surpassed for the first time in quite some time the value of metal ore, including iron ore exports. In fact, it has been some six years. In 2015, the value of our services exports grew by an impressive 10%. The share of our services exports in our total exports has increased by over a third in the past four years. This is a consequence of the free trade agreements we put in place with the North Asian powerhouse economies that this Coalition Government was able to finalise but it also represents incredible opportunities. If you look at, for example, the Australian Council for Private Education and Training, they said "Our guaranteed market access is paving the way for future job growth in this burgeoning sector". It is an opportunity for the future.The Member for McMahon.My question is to the Treasurer. What discussions has the Treasurer had with the CEOs of the four major banks about a royal commission into the financial services industry? When did the Treasurer first discuss the idea of a banking tribunal with these CEOs? The Leader of the House will cease interjecting. The Leader of the House was louder. The Treasurer has the call.Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank the Member for his question. He wouldn't be surprised to learn that it is actually the job of the Treasurer to work with the banking and financial sector all the time because, on this side of the House, we actually know that having a strong banking and financial system is one of the most important assets that our economy has. We have been working with the sector since we were elected, Mr Speaker. The financial systems inquiry that was initiated by this Government under Prime Minister Tony Abbott, under the former Treasurer, that financial systems inquiry was opposed by those opposite who didn't think there was a need to do anything in the financial systems area at all but when they find themselves in opposition, what they do is they throw the switch to cheap populism and what we have from those opposite is not a plan to do anything constructive to actually improve the strength and resilience of our banking and financial system, that was the key reason why our economy survived the global financial crisis some eight years ago, those opposite went on a spending binge, Mr Speaker, what the previous Government had done under Treasurer Costello and Prime Minister Howard was to ensure our banking and financial system was strong when the storm hit. What this Government is doing is exactly the same thing. What we're doing is working with the sector to ensure we can ensure that the banking and financial system is as strong as it can possibly be because, Mr Speaker, it is an uncertain and volatile world. I have just returned from the IMF meetings and there is not an economy in the G20 or other wise that would not want to be Australia at the moment and would not want to have the strong financial and banking system that ensures that we can have the resilience to ensure we underpin jobs and growth in this country. Those opposite think you can walk around and undermine and play reckless havoc with the banking and financial system but those on this side of the House know, through the careful work from the financial systems inquiry to the increased resources for ASIC, for the increased powers to ensure that malfeasance in the sector is dealt with, from everything from increased penalties for BBSW, rate manipulation are dealt with or moving towards a more level playing field when it comes to tribunals that can ensure people with legitimate grievances can have their cases heard. These are the things that this side of the House are doing. On that side of the House, they did nothing for six years and they come into Opposition and they play politics with people's real grievances. The only thing that they're seeking on that side when it comes from the banking and financial system is to improve the stocks of the Leader of the Opposition. It is a very cynical and cruel thing for those opposite to do, to manipulate and use the legitimate grievances of Australians to promote their own political interests.The Treasurer's time has expired. The Member for Petrie.My question is to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. Will the Minister please inform the House on the importance of Australia's strong and consistent border protection policies?The Minister for Immigration and Protection.Thank you very much Mr Speaker. I thank the Member for his question, he is very passionate about making sure we can keep our borders secure so we can keep our communities as safe as possible. I'm very proud it's been over 800 days since we've had a successful people smuggling venture to our country. The irony is that on Labor's watch when they were in Government, there were 800 boats with 50,000 people and 1200 people tragically drowned at sea. They had $11 billion blowout and completely lost control of our borders and Australians voted for this Government because they knew we could get this situation back under control and back under control it is. But people who believe that the threat has disappeared or gone away need to look no further than Indonesia where 14,000 people are prepared to hop on boats tomorrow. You need to look no further than what's happening in Europe and the Mediterranean to understand people smugglers have not gone away at all. The Labor Party is as divided today as they were in the Rudd and Gillard years and as they were during this election campaign when the Leader of the Opposition tried to pretend to the Australian public that somehow Labor had got their act together on border protection but they haven't. The new Shadow Minister, Member for Oxley, has come up with a new holding line. You won't find it on his website because this train wreck interview was removed from his website but it was an interview with Laura Jay from Sky. This new holding line is an impressive one. "The Coalition Government's had to deal with the case load of 30,000 people that came under Labour, I think it is a fact that's indisputable. It has been found according to the Immigration Minister 10,000 of those are economic refugees so they've get temporary protection visas at the moment bearing in minds, in my words, three things have worked here in keeping the people smugglers at bay, one is turning back boats where it's safe to do so, secondly regional processing centres, thirdly temporary protection visas and Labor proposed to abandon temporary protection visas. Mr New man goes on to say "what we would do is have these people assessed", Laura says "Why do you need to re-assess them if the Department has assessed them as economic refugees?" . Mr Newman says "I'd be briefed by the department straightaway. We want to end temporary protection visas". Laura Jay says "The 10,000, I know you haven't been briefed, you would give them permanent status in Australia". "I'd be asking the department for a briefing in relation to it. As a policy we are opposed to temporary protection visas". Laura says "If they are assessed as economic reaf gees, what would you do with them? Permanent arrangements?" . Shane Newman "I'd be asking the Department for a briefing". He goes on with that nonsense line for three or four further occasions but it demonstrates Labor remains bitterly divided on border protection policies.The Minister's time has expired. The Member for Isaacs.My question is to the Minister representing the Attorney-General. The explanatory statement to the legal services direction in relation to the Solicitor-General tabled by the Attorney-General in the Senate on 4 May 2016 states "The Attorney-General has consulted the Solicitor-General". Did the Attorney-General provide the Solicitor-General with a copy of the legal services direction before he tabled it in the Senate?The Member for Kingston, I recognised the voice but it is the seating changes, I will catch up, the Minister representing the Attorney-General. Thank you, Mr Speaker. Can I thank