Nov 27, 2006

Personal Explanations – clean coal technology

PERSONAL EXPLANATIONS – Clean Coal technology

27 November 2006

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (3.24 p.m.)—Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER—Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr ALBANESE—Yes, I do, on two counts.

The SPEAKER—Please proceed.

Mr ALBANESE—One count was the Prime Minister suggesting that somehow I did not support clean coal technology. If he cares to check my website, he will see at least 73 speeches and press releases referring to support for clean coal technology, including me as the major speaker at the clean coal conference, where the government did not bother to have a representative.

The SPEAKER—Order! The member has made his point. The member will come to his second point.

Mr ALBANESE—The second point is that the Prime Minister also said I would not be present in Hunter seats. I indeed have visited the electorate of Charlton with the member for Charlton on a number of occasions. On 24 September, I addressed a forum in the electorate of Shortland at Swansea RSL. On 25 September, I addressed a breakfast with the member for Newcastle, Sharon Grierson, and then we attended the CSIRO centre to talk with the CSIRO centre about solar technology and clean coal technologies, and I did a number of media events over that two-day visit.

The SPEAKER—The member has made his point. The member will resume his seat.