27 March 2007
Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (3.16 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, on a couple of occasions.
The SPEAKER—Please proceed.
Mr ALBANESE—Firstly, today in question time, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations suggested that I, as the local member, and others on this side of the House had not been interested in Tristar. I asked questions on 10 August 2006 and again in November 2006. I gave speeches on 9 August 2006, on 17 August 2006—
Mr Abbott—Mr Speaker, this is not a personal explanation. This is an argument.
The SPEAKER—The member for Grayndler must show where he has been personally misrepresented.
Mr ALBANESE—I am. I and others on this side have taken up the issue of Tristar workers consistently—a fact the government ignored until Alan Jones took up the case in January this year.
The SPEAKER—The member has shown where he has been misrepresented.
Mr ALBANESE—Secondly, last night in a speech in the chamber, the member for Tangney gave a speech in which he defended his proposed climate change solution of having an orbital shadecloth in the sky to protect—
The SPEAKER—Order! The member will come to where he claims to have been misrepresented.
Mr ALBANESE—He stated:
The member for Grayndler, in similar fashion to Labor itself, would not have any idea about actually thinking through issues or thinking of new ideas …
And that I had ‘a lack of critical or logical thinking’—
Government members interjecting—
Mr ALBANESE—I am quoting him.
Mr Abbott—Mr Speaker, this is an argument that is being developed by the member for Grayndler. He is not showing where he has been misrepresented and, plainly, he has no intention of doing so.
The SPEAKER—Order! Before I call the member for Grayndler, he must show where he has been personally misrepresented.
Mr ALBANESE—Mr Speaker, the member for Tangney said that I had ‘a lack of critical or logical thinking’ with regard to climate change, because I do not support a shadecloth in the sky—
The SPEAKER—The member will resume his seat!
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.