May 21, 2007

Questions without Notice: Water (1)

Questions without Notice: Water (1)

21 May 2007

Mr ALBANESE (2.46 p.m.)—My question is to the Prime Minister. Why is it that according to the budget papers the government could find only $53 million to spend on the national water plan in the coming financial year but could find $55 million in the past to advertise Work Choices—the law that dare not speak its name—before abandoning that campaign?

Mr HOWARD—The total expenditure under the national water plan is $10 billion. The expenditure in relation to that advertising campaign was $55 million. I do not quite know what the member is getting at.