Thursday, 15 September 2016
Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016; In Committee
Senator Cormann, given that you have acknowledged there will be a different level of return—you acknowledged that with your previous answer—and that clearly reflects the fact that you have taken $800 million out of the Clean Energy Innovation Fund and put it within the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, let's just get to the bottom of this. There is no significant impact on the balance sheet. Is this an attempt to undermine the Prime Minister and to shaft his signature project going into the last election? Is that what is going on here? Have the right-wing dinosaurs inside the Liberal Party decided: 'We are going to hobble the Prime Minister's signature renewable energy achievement. We are going to do it through the back door. We are going to use the Labor Party, who obviously went into this sleepwalking, and we are going to have a go at the PM'? Is that what this is about?