Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Questions without Notice
I thank the member for Hume for his question, because what we have seen in this House, day after day, are allegations of that nature, and they are generally always wrong. They are always exaggerated, they are always taken out of context, and there are a litany of them. So I am happy to examine the bill, but I want to make a couple of points.
The fact is that the fear campaign run by the Leader of the Opposition has now simply run out of steam. It has run right into a brick wall. And why has it run right into a brick wall? Because many of these allegations have been proven to be false. He even recognised this himself when he was down in Tasmania a few weeks ago, where he was forced to admit that the impacts he had been claiming the carbon price would have were not going to happen. He admitted that. Of course, that does not gel with all of the statements he and others from the coalition had been making that the carbon price was going to be a wrecking ball right through our economy—