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Thursday, 6 March 2014
Page: 1912

Commission of Audit Report

Mr BOWEN (McMahon) (15:01): My question is to the Treasurer. Given the Treasurer has had the Commission of Audit's interim report for weeks, when will the Treasurer release the report to the public? Will the Treasurer release it before the Western Australian Senate election on 5 April?

Mr HOCKEY (North SydneyThe Treasurer) (15:01): Thank you very much. We have received the interim report. We have not received the final report.

Opposition members interjecting

Mr HOCKEY: Oh, you have shot me in the heart! What a harrowing hit from Labor.

The SPEAKER: I think we will have a little decorum returned.

Mr HOCKEY: We have had it now for about three weeks—that is about right. The Labor Party when they were in government held Gonski for 60 days—most of it against his will—and they held the Henry report for 130 days and then did not even implement it, apart from the mining tax. So I would say, please, we go through these things in a careful, methodical manner. We consider these things very carefully and, quite frankly, if the Labor Party paid the same attention to detail that we did, perhaps they would still be in government.