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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Page: 6290

Enterprise Migration Agreements


Ms JULIE BISHOP (CurtinDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:54): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to the response by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship yesterday when he said that he had updated the Productivity Committee of Cabinet on the progress of the Roy Hill enterprise migration agreement on numerous occasions since early 2012. How many times has the Productivity Committee of Cabinet met since the beginning of this year, and how many of these meetings did the Prime Minister attend?


Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (14:55): The Deputy Leader of the Opposition knows cabinet is confidential. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition has also misquoted the minister for immigration from yesterday. I refer her to his actual answer, which is very different from what she just said to the parliament—another mislead by the opposition. This is all they do in question time—part of the relentless fear campaign we see everywhere.

Ms Julie Bishop: Madam Deputy Speaker, on a point of order: I asked how many times the productivity committee met and—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): The Deputy Leader of the Opposition will resume her seat.

Ms Julie Bishop: and how many times—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Deputy Leader of the Opposition will resume her seat. The Prime Minister has the call.

Ms GILLARD: As I have said, cabinet meetings and cabinet subcommittees are confidential. But I believe it is offensive indeed for the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to come into this place and misrepresent the minister for immigration's answers from yesterday. If she is incapable of reading Hansard, one wonders what she is doing here.

Mr Morrison: Madam Deputy Speaker—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Member for Cook, there is no opportunity for a point of order at this stage.

Mr Morrison: Madam Deputy Speaker, I seek leave to table the Hansard from yesterday.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Cook will resume his seat. You are seeking leave to table; you have sought your leave; you will resume your seat. Is leave granted to table it?

Leave not granted.

Mr Melham: Read it online!

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Banks might even up the score very quickly.