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Monday, 3 March 2014
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Business Investment

Ms KING (Ballarat) (14:52): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to evidence provided in Senate estimates last week that the $16 million grant to redevelop Cadbury's factory will come from the industry instead of the tourism portfolio. Given the Prime Minister's statement to parliament that what we do for one business, in fairness, we have to make available to all businesses, will SPC, Holden and Qantas be receiving tourism grants from within the industry portfolio?

Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:53): Regardless of which portfolio the money comes from, it is a great investment. How do I know? Because the shadow minister sitting opposite, the member who has asked the question, said that it is 'a great project, that gets our support'. Senator Urquhart, ALP Senator for Tasmania and Deputy Opposition Whip, said, 'Of course I welcome this announcement. I welcome investment in the Claremont site.' But listen to this: the Premier of Tasmania, who the Leader of the Opposition was with just this weekend, said 'I welcome this potential investment in Cadbury. It is fantastic.'

Mr Albanese: Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. It goes to relevance. We would have asked the minister for tourism if they had one, but they do not, so we went to the Prime Minister.

The SPEAKER: There is no point of order.