Thursday, 21 October 2010
Earlier today I made a statement to the House about comments made at the doors this morning in relation to the banks lifting fees outside of the RBA’s raising of fees. In doing so, I made comments regarding the fact that it was an idea of a lunatic nature. This was not attributed to anyone but the Greens—to the Greens’ policy—which I have clarified. When the media and the opposition have endeavoured to connect this to the member for North Sydney, it has been clarified that I have said, on the record, that this statement was made in relation to the Greens and that I said of the member for North Sydney that as the minister for financial services he did an excellent job in making sure that the banks were sound institutions.