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Monday, 7 November 2011
Page: 8395


Senator NASH (New South WalesDeputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (18:17): I do thank the minister for her advice that I perhaps join the One Nation party. I can assure her I am entirely comfortable with the Nationals and have no intention whatsoever of leaving the Nationals or joining any other party. The minister may have taken my comments rather sensitively, but in pointing out the purchase of goods from China I was merely pointing out the irony of Australians purchasing product from a country whose emissions are significantly higher than ours. The minister might not see that, but it is entirely up to her to view things in the way that she sees fit. The Australian people know that the emissions in China are growing at a rapid rate, so goods purchased from China are coming from a country with a much greater rate of increase in emissions than is the case in this country. It is as simple as that, and it is a fair point to make. Can I ask the minister in terms of compensation—

Senator Wong: Who's sensitive?

Senator NASH: I think the minister's interjection then was that I was being a bit too sensitive. I could be wrong.

Senator Wong: At least I didn't say 'precious'!

Senator NASH: You can say 'precious' if you like, Minister. For anything to have an impact, colleagues, you actually have to care whence it is delivered, and, unfortunately for the minister, I do not particularly.

In terms of the compensation that we have been discussing, there is no continuation down the track, obviously, of the lump sum payment. I take into account that payments will increase 1.7 per cent with the CPI increase as we go along the track, but could the minister explain for the chamber how compensation will work, how it will be determined and how it will be delivered once we have a fluctuating price under an emissions trading scheme in 2015?