Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Speech in Parliament - Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2014-2015 (Consideration in Detail) - 17 June 2014

Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (13:08): I ask a series of questions to the Minister for Trade and Investment about a very important part of the budget, namely, the Export Market Development Grants program. As the members on this side of the chamber know, this is an important program that supports entrepreneurs and growing businesses across Australia. I am particularly interested in the funding within the appropriations for this particular grants program, how that compares with funding during the last couple of budgets, and any changes or enhancements that the government has made to this important program. As members are well aware, businesses seek grants from this program on the basis of growing their export businesses. I would ask the minister how the funding compares and about any changes that have occurred within this budget.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mrs Griggs): I am giving the call to the minister.

Mr Thistlethwaite: Based on the ruling that was made earlier—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: I just got some advice from the Clerk, who advised that I should give the call to the minister.

Mr Thistlethwaite interjecting—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Please sit down. I have given the call to the minister.

Honourable members interjecting—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: One minute you want me to take the advice and the next minute you do not. This time I have taken the Clerk's advice, as I did last time when I gave the call to the member for Grayndler. I am giving the call to the minister and I would like the member for Kingsford Smith to sit down. We are not going to have these shenanigans for the rest of the afternoon.

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