Senate debates

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Questions without Notice

Carbon Pricing

2:14 pm

Photo of Penny WongPenny Wong (SA, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Finance and Deregulation) Share this | Hansard source

I will come to the question. I just thought that the chamber should be aware that I think he did very well. I suspect, however, from the tweets, that Senator Cameron might have bested him. I am very happy to take a not entirely unexpected question from Senator Birmingham. As he would know—and he was careful to word his question perhaps a little more subtly than Senator Joyce would have been capable of—it is misleading to attribute the entire electricity price rise experienced by clubs or in fact any other entity to the carbon price. I am advised that the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency's office spoke to West Adelaide Football Club this morning, who confirmed that around half of the price rise quoted today was due to network costs.

It is the case, and this government has been—

Senator Abetz interjecting—

I will take the interjection, because—


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