SABRA LANE:and this:
Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister’s labelled you the biggest wrecker ever to serve in a leadership role. Are you a wrecker?
I think we’ve got a Prime Minister who is the great betrayer of the Australian people. She was absolutely crystal clear before the last election, “there will be no carbon tax under the government I lead” and if the bills pass the parliament today this will be an act of betrayal and every Labor member of parliament would’ve broken faith with his or her electorate.
Are you cranky with Sophie Mirabella? She’s been kicked out of parliament for 24 hours with the Government struggling to get the numbers for the vote to enable its Malaysia swap. The Government might well bring this vote on early now.
Well, the Government made a clear commitment that the people swap vote would be on Thursday. The Government made a special request to us to debate the covered bonds issue in the parliament today. The Government said that covered bonds needed to be expedited through the parliament so that the banks could start issuing these things so that interest rates could stay as low as possible. Now, the Government said that it was very, very important that this legislation go through the parliament today. They said that they would put the Malaysia people swap legislation to the parliament on Thursday and I would think that if this is a government with any respect for the parliament, that’s the procedure that they would follow.
But it may well bring it on.
Well, they would be breaking their word.