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Thursday, 19 June 2014
Page: 6731

Budget


Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:35): All of this week the Prime Minister has claimed that he is not cutting $80 billion from hospitals and schools, so why does his own Budget Overview on page 7 show the Prime Minister's cuts to schools and hospitals will achieve cumulative savings of over $80 billion? Page 126 of Budget Paper No. 2 shows that the cuts to hospitals start on 1 July—in just 12 days time.

The SPEAKER: Members will put the props down—including the member for Jagajaga and the member for Griffith. And I do not think the member for Lingiari is that short-sighted.



Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:35): I will expose Labor's lies this week and I will expose Labor's lies next week—it is as simple as that, and I will keep doing it week in and week out.

The SPEAKER: The use of the word 'lies' is not parliamentary. The Prime Minister will rephrase his answer.

Mr ABBOTT: Of course to assist the House I will withdraw. The claim that is being made is simply untrue—no budget ever brought down by members opposite when they were in government included this $80 billion figure. It was not in any of their budgets.

The SPEAKER: The member for Sydney will put the prop down.

Mr ABBOTT: It was not in any of their budgets because it was an undeliverable, pie in the sky promise that members opposite only made because they knew they would never be called upon to deliver it. Let me repeat, for the benefit of members opposite who seem to have truth deficit disorder, the facts.

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Port Adelaide and the member for Adelaide will both desist.

Mr ABBOTT: Hospital funding goes up nine per cent this year, nine per cent next year, nine per cent the year after that and six per cent in the fourth year.

Ms King interjecting

The SPEAKER: And the member for Ballarat.

Mr ABBOTT: School funding goes up eight per cent this year, eight per cent next year, eight per cent the year after that and six per cent the year after that. Every single year health spending goes up. Every single year education spending goes up. Spending is sustainable under this government, it was not sustainable under the members opposite.

The SPEAKER: The member for Grayndler on what had better be a good point of order.

Mr Albanese: Yes, Madam Speaker, it is. I understand your ruling about props, but how is their own budget papers a prop? I know they are embarrassed—

The SPEAKER: There is no point of order. Resume your seat or remove yourself.