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Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Page: 7579

Carbon Pricing


Mr ABBOTT (WarringahLeader of the Opposition) (14:15): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to her statement yesterday:

… when I'm in a position to give people details—

about the carbon tax—

then of course I will.

Given that the details of the carbon tax have been decided, will she bring forward her carbon tax announcement to today so that this parliament can fully scrutinise the biggest structural change in our economic history?

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! The Prime Minister has the call. She will be heard in silence.



Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (14:15): Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. In answer to the question by the Leader of the Opposition I can confirm that the carbon price package will be announced on Sunday. On the question of parliamentary scrutiny, I say to the Leader of the Opposition: the problem for him with this question is that he does not use question time or parliament for parliamentary scrutiny; he uses it for hurling slogans and abuse.

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! The House will come to order!

Ms GILLARD: The evidence of that, of course, is that 50 question times have been interrupted by the Leader of the Opposition pulling his stunt of the day. This means that he has lost the benefit of 136 questions as a result of pulling his stunts—his suspensions and interruptions—each and every day.

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! The House will come to order! The Prime Minister has the call.

Ms GILLARD: The last thing the Leader of the Opposition ever uses this parliament for is proper scrutiny.

Mr Pyne interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Sturt will remove himself from the chamber for one hour under standing order 94(a).

The member for Sturt then left the chamber.

Mrs Mirabella: Parliament doesn't matter anymore, does it?

The SPEAKER: The member for Indi will remove herself from the chamber for one hour under standing order 94(a).

The member for Indi then left the chamber.

The SPEAKER: The Prime Minister has the call. She will directly relate her remarks to the question.

Ms GILLARD: I can certainly say to the parliament and to the Australian people that there will be no lack of scrutiny of this package. I will be out day after day, following Sunday, taking every question from every Australian family who wants to ask me one. I will be travelling to all parts of the country, prepared to take questions from Australian families about how we are pricing carbon, what we are doing to assist families and what we are doing to protect jobs. I will be wearing out my shoe leather literally around the country, making sure that Australian families who want answers about the carbon-pricing package get those answers.











Mr ABBOTT (WarringahLeader of the Opposition) (14:18): Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question to the Prime Minister. Rather than seek free airtime next Sunday, will the Prime Minister recall the parliament next week so that she and her ministers can give the answers that the forgotten families of Australia are demĀ­anding right now?


Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (14:19): I will be out next week talking to Australian families directly.