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Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Page: 224

Automotive Industry

Mr BOWEN (McMahon) (14:42): My question is to the Treasurer. I refer to the front page story in today's Australian Financial Review entitled 'Toyota blamed union'. Did the Treasurer himself or anyone on his behalf provide information to the Australian Financial Review about the Treasurer's meetings with Toyota?

Mr HOCKEY (North SydneyThe Treasurer) (14:43): I tell you what: I do not discuss those sorts of conversations and I certainly don't discuss—

Opposition members interjecting

Mr HOCKEY: Hang on! Hang on! Do you know what? Before you get carried away, I do not publicly discuss what is said to me by members of the Labor Party frontbench either. I do not know whether I should, but if I break the seal and start revealing everything that is said to me or that I say to the media, I will have to do it for the Labor Party frontbench, and that could be pretty embarrassing.