Monday, 18 June 2007
I was misrepresented during question time by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, who, in answer to a dorothy dix question in relation to terrorism, asserted that those of us on this side had shown no interest in those matters. In fact, he should be aware that—
I issued a press release on 4 April in which I said that we welcome news that the Indonesian national police, working with the Australian Federal Police, had captured five suspected terrorists. I went on to point out that it was positive news for regional security. On matters of this kind, we would expect the foreign minister to demonstrate a higher level of performance and bipartisanship than he demonstrated today.
Today in question time the Treasurer again asserted that Labor has a plan to increase taxes. This is wrong. I draw to the attention of the House my comments during the Tax Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Reduction) Bill 2007. Labor supported all the tax measures in the budget. I quote from that speech:
Since the 2005 budget, the mining boom has delivered even more revenue than the coalition—
In that speech, I said:
Since the 2005 budget, the mining boom has delivered even more revenue than the coalition could have imagined; so further tax measures have been made possible since Labor first moved these amendments.
In question time today the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations claimed I was opposed to employees getting information about their work entitlements. Of course this is untrue. I am opposed to this government fining employers $110 for each and every time they fail to give an employee a propaganda statement.