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Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Page: 1407

Education Funding


Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:38): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to the government's failure to provide any detail today about indexation, co-contributions, the student resource standard and loadings for disadvantaged students. Prime Minister, isn't this panicked school deal just a con?


Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:38): The only con was Labor's pre-election con to take $1.2 billion out of school funding. That was the con, on top of the $3.8 billion it had earlier taken out of education funding and the $1.6 billion that it had earlier taken out of hospital funding. That is the con, but that is what we expect from members opposite after their great carbon tax con before the 2010 election.

Mr Burke: Madam Speaker, I quote a point of order which you made in the last term. On page 553 of the House of Representatives Practice it states, under the old paradigm, that it was irrelevant to compare policies of the opposition with those of the government. That is under the old paradigm. For it to be, under the new paradigm, a direct answer to the question—

The SPEAKER: I thank the Manager of Opposition Business.

Mr Burke: You were given more time, Madam Speaker.

The SPEAKER: If I did raise such a point of order, I am sure that I did it more accurately. There is no point of order. I call the Leader of the House.

Mr Pyne: Bad day, Tony! You are really missing Anthony Albanese!

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the House will resume his seat. Have you a second point of order?

Mr Burke: I do, on direct relevance.

The SPEAKER: That is the same point. You can only have it once.

Mr Burke: No, you ruled earlier that unless we say direct relevance, it is not. On this occasion, I am saying it.

The SPEAKER: I am sorry, you did refer to 'direct paradigms'.

Mr Shorten: Why don't you check the tapes, like you did yesterday?

Mr Burke: Yes, check the tapes, like yesterday.

The SPEAKER: Which I did do. We will deal with that later—and you. I call the Leader of the House.

Mr Pyne: I think the pressure is showing a bit on the opposition. Madam Speaker, I ask you to ask the Deputy Leader of the Opposition—who used a most unparliamentarily word to describe the Prime Minister during his answer, which in the hubbub has been lost because of the exchanges since—to withdraw the statement she made, directed at the Prime Minister.

Ms Plibersek: I withdraw, Madam Speaker.

Mr ABBOTT: If I may conclude my answer: unlike members opposite, this government completely keeps its commitments.