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Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Page: 9187

Mr TURNBULL (2:08 PM) —My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. Precisely when and by whom was the government advised that the fiscal stimulus package had to be more than $10 billion?

Mr RUDD (Prime Minister) —Governments, as they have operated in the past, operate through cabinet. Cabinet comprises cabinet committees. Our cabinet committee on this matter comprised myself, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Treasurer and the finance minister, and as advised by appropriate officials from those agencies. And the advice was very good.

Opposition members interjecting—

The SPEAKER —Order! Before I call the member for Franklin, the House will come to order!

Mr Tuckey —Mr Speaker—

The SPEAKER —Order! The member for O’Connor has not got the call yet.

Opposition members interjecting—

The SPEAKER —Order! The House will come to order! The member for O’Connor.

Mr Tuckey —Mr Speaker, on a point of order on relevance: this parliament has never sunk so low that questions of that nature are not provided with—

The SPEAKER —The member for O’Connor will resume his seat. The Prime Minister had clearly concluded his response. The member for Franklin has the call.