Jul 5, 2011

Question without notice – Carbon Pricing

Mr TRUSS (Wide Bay): My question is directed to the minister for transport. Since he is so eager to get the question, let us hope he will be eager to answer it as well. I refer the minister to the statement by the Secretary of the Transport Workers Union, Tony Sheldon, that a carbon tax on diesel fuel will put more financial pressure on truckies and this will mean ‘more fatalities, more injuries and … greater hazard for every road user in this country’. Does the minister agree with Labor Senator Glenn Sterle’s demand for truckies to be fully protected from the damage that will be wrought by the government’s carbon tax?

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler): I thank the shadow minister very much, very sincerely, for this question. I have waited more than two years for a question from the shadow minister and I say to him he can wait five more sleeps for an answer.