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Monday, 9 December 2013
Page: 1933


Mr BRENDAN O'CONNOR (Gorton) (14:38): My question is to the Assistant Minister for Employment. I refer to the Prime Minister's promise prior to the election that the government would 'produce one million new jobs in five years'. Minister, if 200,000 car-industry workers are now at risk as a result of the government's cutting half a billion dollars in auto-assistance, how many new jobs will the government commit to by 2016?

The SPEAKER: Before I call the honourable the assistant minister, that question did contain argument with regard to speculation on job losses. I would ask him to abstain from answering that part and to answer the rest of the question.

Mr HARTSUYKER (CowperDeputy Leader of the House and Assistant Minister for Employment) (14:39): I thank the member for his question. It seems the peak of arrogance that the members opposite can stand there and claim to be concerned for auto workers in this country at a time when they tax every unit that comes off the production line. They are only pretending to be concerned for the auto industry. If they were concerned for the auto industry they would get behind the government and help us in our work to axe the carbon tax, to axe the mining tax, to cut red tape and to create opportunities for Australian workers. The opposition is all about pretending; they are not about acting in the best interests for auto workers.

Mr PITT (Hinkler) (14:40): My question is—

Mr Albanese interjecting

The SPEAKER: The honourable member for Grayndler will withdraw that remark, the slur that was made with regard to the assistant minister.

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: He knows precisely what I mean.

Mr Albanese: Stanley. Is that the one?

The SPEAKER: Correct.

Mr Albanese: I withdraw.

The SPEAKER: The member for Hinkler will start his question again, and the clock will go back.