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Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Page: 1399

Education Funding


Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:10): My question is to the Prime Minister. Under Labor's school agreements, states are required to invest one extra dollar for every two extra federal dollars. What is the rate of co-contribution from the states under the panicked deals that your government announced yesterday?

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: The Prime Minister has the call, but I would remind those on my left that, having listened to the Leader of the Opposition's question, if you want to hear the answer then we need some quiet.



Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:11): I would remind the Leader of the Opposition that I am responsible for what the Commonwealth does; the states are responsible for what the states do.

Ms Macklin interjecting

Mr Dreyfus interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Jagajaga and the member for Isaacs will cease.

Mr ABBOTT: I will also remind—

Ms Macklin interjecting

Mr Snowdon interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Jagajaga and the member for Lingiari are both warned!

Mr ABBOTT: I will also remind the Leader of the Opposition that the only state government that has ripped money out of school funding is the South Australian Labor state government, which has ripped $200 million out of school funding under the agreement that the Leader of the Opposition negotiated.

Mr Bowen interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for McMahon is warned!

Mr ABBOTT: The Leader of the Opposition just cannot help himself. He is constantly interjecting across the table. He should look at the Adelaide ABC interview from this morning, where the South Australian Labor education minister admitted that she is ripping $200 million out of school funding. I table the transcript of the ABC interview.

What we are doing is honouring our commitments to the Australian people at the election. I can understand why members opposite are so upset.

Ms Owens interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Parramatta is warned!

Mr ABBOTT: You could not trust Labor, but you can trust this coalition.