House debates

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Questions to the Speaker

Automotive Industry

3:13 pm

Photo of Sophie MirabellaSophie Mirabella (Indi, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science) Share this | | Hansard source

The question I would like to ask you relates to this. On multiple occasions members on this side of the House have been required to make public statements and personal explanations in response to the same or very similar claims made here on a repeated basis by the minister for industry. This is because the minister persists in making inaccurate assertions about the coalition's policies in relation to the car industry, our manufacturing policy and the particularly patently false claims that we have announced that we intend to cut all funding to the industry after 2015 and that we would end all car manufacturing in Australia.

He has done so again this week even to the point that he suggested yesterday that the coalition plan to put at risk $1.5 billion in car industry funding beyond 2015 when even the government is not funding $1.5 billion after 2015. So my question, Speaker, to you—and I am happy to provide any further details that you might need—is whether you might consider asking the industry minister to desist from making claims on the floor of this House that he surely knows are not true, and that we have been forced to repeatedly point out are not true.

Honourable Members:

Honourable members interjecting

Photo of Ms Anna BurkeMs Anna Burke (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

Order! The member for Indi will resume her seat and I will refer her to this having been raised on numerous occasions, particularly by the government when it was in opposition.