May 31, 2007

Questions without Notice – Climate Change (2)

Questions without Notice – Climate Change (2)

31 May 2007

Mr ALBANESE (3.15 p.m.)—My question is again to the Prime Minister. Is the Prime Minister aware of comments made by the Republican Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, on 11 April 2007—

Government members interjecting—

The SPEAKER—The Manager of Opposition Business has the call and he will be heard.

Mr ALBANESE—Thanks, Mr Speaker.

Mr Baldwin interjecting—

The SPEAKER—The member for Paterson!

Mr ALBANESE—Would you like me to start again, Mr Speaker?

The SPEAKER—The Manager of Opposition Business will start his question again.

Mr ALBANESE—Thanks, Mr Speaker. Is the Prime Minister aware of comments made by Republican Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, on 11 April 2007, regarding the fate of political leaders who do not respond to climate change?

Your political base will melt away as surely as the polar ice caps—I can guarantee you of that. You will become a political penguin on a smaller and smaller—

The SPEAKER—Order! The member will come to his question.

Mr ALBANESE—

… ice floe, drifting out to sea.

The SPEAKER—The member will come to his question.

Mr ALBANESE—Is the governor right?

Mr HOWARD—I followed the comments of the Governator very closely, but I have not seen that one. I do know this—

Mr Albanese—Would you like me to table this?

Mr HOWARD—You can do whatever you like with it; I don’t mind.

Mr Albanese interjecting—

Mr HOWARD—Table it; yes, table it!

Mr Albanese—Mr Speaker, I seek leave to table the speech of the governor.

Leave granted.

Honourable members interjecting—

The SPEAKER—Order! The Prime Minister has the call.

Mr HOWARD—I have not heard of that, but I am interested to read it. But I do know this: the state that he governs derives 28 per cent of its electricity from nuclear power.

Honourable members interjecting—

The SPEAKER—Order! Members are holding up their own question time.