Thursday, 25 September 2008
Questions without Notice
I address my question to the Acting Prime Minister. I refer the Acting Prime Minister to reported plans of the Japanese Inpex Group to pipe gas to Darwin for liquefaction. Acting Prime Minister, what is the estimated increase in global greenhouse gas emissions arising from the manufacture of this unnecessary extra 800-kilometre pipeline and the ongoing pumping energy requirements? Furthermore, what is the negative effect on Australia’s terms of trade and Commonwealth resource rent tax revenue arising from those additional costs?
I think we have seen a very real indication that the opposition is out of questions. I think it was very generous of the member for Kennedy, who must have consulted with the member for O’Connor in the drafting of that question! In response to the member for O’Connor’s question, can I say the following. No. 1, it is interesting to me that he should be questioning about greenhouse gases, when he sits in a party of climate change sceptics.
Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. No. 2, can I say to the member for O’Connor that, of course, the government is very happy to look into the questions that he has raised—should he seriously want to pursue them—and provide him with a briefing on the matter. But it does seem to me that the member for O’Connor might want to think seriously about the policy settings of the party of which he is a member when it comes to climate change before coming into this House and feigning any degree of concern about the matter.