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Monday, 7 November 2011
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Senator JOYCE (QueenslandLeader of The Nationals in the Senate) (21:15): I think it is extremely relevant if we find the IPCC is actually out of date. It is also terribly relevant when we find people such as Professor John Christy, the atmospheric scientist for the IPCC, saying global temperatures are warming but there is very little we can do about it and the warming is vastly less than predicted. Also, the tangent for the warming is not anywhere near what the initial modelling said it would be. In fact, it is vastly less, which means that they are looking for other sources of how this could interact. All the science has been dutifully left behind by the Labor Party's overwhelming desire to launch a new tax on Australian citizens whether they like it or not. Be that as it may, let us go to other areas which just flummox me.

Apparently, Minister, you cannot find this document but the attendant can. That worries me a little. I have it in duplicate now because I thought maybe I had gone mad and maybe it did not exist, but no, the attendant brought it out for me. Here it is—the Clean Energy (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011. Page 41 says:

Units in certain accounts cannot be surrendered

(1)The regulations may provide that, if there is an entry for a Kyoto unit in a specified Commonwealth Registry account, the unit cannot be surrendered under the Clean Energy Act 2011.

What exactly does that mean—you may, cannot? That is like saying you may, cannot leave the building, you may, cannot go home tonight. What on earth are you saying?