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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 7857

Mr HOCKEY (3:55 PM) —Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER —Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr HOCKEY —It will stun you, Mr Speaker, but I do.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr HOCKEY —The Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change, Mr Combet, misreported what I had said on the Today show yesterday morning at 7.50 am, where I said:

Look, climate change is real, Karl. You know, whether it’s made by human beings or not, that’s open to dispute, but you’ve got to give the planet the benefit of the doubt. Therefore, the world needs to do things. We went to the last election promising an emissions trading scheme. And we’ve sided with the Government on targets. The question is what’s the best route to get there? That’s where we’re in dispute.