Senate debates

Monday, 9 December 2013

Questions without Notice

Carbon Pricing

2:14 pm

Photo of Eric AbetzEric Abetz (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Minister for Employment) Share this | Hansard source

Australia's contribution of 1.4 per cent in general terms is relatively small, one would have thought, by anybody's standards. But it would be fair to say that, per capita, it is relatively high. But you know one of the important things—and Senator Collins might be interested in this—is we are the most efficient producers of wheat and dairy product for the world. We in fact feed millions of people around the world each year. Yes, in producing the wheat, in producing the dairy produce, we do in fact increase our CO2 emissions; but, when you take into account the good that that does for the world's food tasks, one can only accept that it is in fact for the betterment of humanity at large. I would invite those opposite to take those sorts of considerations into account when they are seeking to destroy our economy and jobs. (Time expired)


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