Thursday, 28 October 2010
Yesterday in this House and on ABC Online the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship directly implied that I had not sought a briefing from him on the ambush decision to establish a detention facility at Inverbrackie in the Adelaide Hills. I seek leave to table the two occasions on which the shadow minister and I have sought briefings in the last two weeks. We are yet to get an answer.
Leave not granted.
I do. The member for Mayo has alleged that I implied, or said, that he had not sought a briefing. I have made no such statement. In fact, I have agreed to a briefing and it is being arranged.
Yes. I have been misrepresented by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. I think that the link from Epping to Parramatta will be beneficial to the people of Bennelong; I welcome that. I have made the point, however, that the New South Wales government—
It is hard to believe, but I do. First, the Prime Minister today claimed that I have a four-point plan. In fact we do not; we have a nine-point plan. Second, the Prime Minister claimed the first point of the plan is that the coalition wants to reregulate interest rates. In fact, that is totally false and inaccurate. Third, the Prime Minister claimed that we want to roll back $16 billion of funding support for the residential mortgage backed security market. In fact, we were the ones that called for that support in the first place and that claim by the Prime Minister is totally false. Fourth, the Prime Minister claimed that we are opposed to greater banking competition. That claim is absolutely false. We want more banking competition. I am afraid the Prime Minister did not have a fifth point, but whatever it is I am sure I disagree with it.