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Thursday, 25 July 2019
Page: 1043

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction


Mr BUTLER (Hindmarsh) (14:22): My question is to the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction. I refer to the minister's answer yesterday about his declaration, and I refer the minister to the requirement to declare any relevant interest in any shares, whether held directly or indirectly. The minister has not declared his indirect interest in Jam Land on his statement of interests. Why?


Mr TAYLOR (HumeMinister for Energy and Emissions Reduction) (14:22): As I made absolutely clear yesterday, my indirect interest in Jam Land, which is part of our family farms, has been widely reported in the media and was declared in accordance with the rules—in accordance with the rules.

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Members on my left!

Mr TAYLOR: It is very clear of that interest, and, as I say, it has been declared in accordance with the rules. To add to that, let me emphasise that I had no association—

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Could the minister pause for a second—he is perfectly fine. Again, I need to do this every day. If people on my left keep bellowing into my left ear, I can't be expected to rule on any potential point of order. I'm trying to listen very carefully to what the minister says. The minister has the call.

Mr TAYLOR: As I said yesterday, I had no association and have no association with the compliance action and I have never made a representation in relation to it. But I tell you what I've made representations with respect to: with respect to the farmers in my electorate. I note the comment from the member for Eden-Monaro yesterday that the issue wasn't raised with him. I have to confess I wasn't surprised by it, despite the fact that this listing covers his electorate as much as mine. I wasn't surprised by it one bit. I'll tell you why. I know why the farmers of Eden-Monaro aren't raising the issue with their local member. It is because he doesn't care. His constituents are raising it with me, as are mine. We stand up for farmers on this side of the House. Those opposite simply don't.

The SPEAKER: The Minister for Home Affairs.

Mr Dutton: Mr Speaker, whilst the minister was on his way to the despatch box, there was an unparliamentary and offensive comment made by the member for Chifley. It was clear for all to hear—

Mr Husic interjecting

The SPEAKER: Member for Chifley—

Mr Dutton: and I would ask to you direct him to withdraw it.

The SPEAKER: I will ask the minister to stay there. I didn't hear the last bit. The member for Chifley, I'm trying to hear a point of order relating to him. He's not going to interject all the way through it. He just needs to be quiet. Let's start with occasionally. Minister, if you could make point of order.

Mr Dutton: Whilst the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction was making his way to the dispatch box, there was an unparliamentary and offensive comment made by the member for Chifley. It was clearly heard by many within the chamber. He should have the decency to withdraw it without direction. If he doesn't do so, I'd ask you to direct him to withdraw it.

The SPEAKER: It's a fairly straightforward issue. I will ask the member for Chifley whether he made an unparliamentary remark.

Mr Husic: No, I didn't.

The SPEAKER: The member for Chifley will resume his seat. The member for Monash has the call.