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Thursday, 14 February 2008
Page: 309

Mr TURNBULL (9:00 AM) —I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Treasurer being censured for misleading this House by stating in Question Time yesterday that he “cannot confirm” the appointment of Mr Bracks to head a major review of the Car Industry or that his own department had recommended that the Productivity Commission be appointed to conduct the inquiry in circumstances when:

(a)   he was fully aware of that appointment;

(b)   he had, in fact, attended a meeting of the Strategic Budget Committee of Cabinet on 30 January 2008 when the appointment was agreed; and

(c)   he had received and disregarded Treasury advice that the review should instead be conducted by the Productivity Commission.

Honourable members interjecting—

Mr Hockey —What about accountability and transparency?

The SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member for North Sydney will get transparency.

Mr TURNBULL —Mr Speaker—