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Thursday, 5 December 2013
Page: 1791

Budget


Mr BOWEN (McMahon) (14:13): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to the Liberal Party television campaign featuring the Prime Minister saying the coalition would repay the debt. Prime Minister, why has the government struck a deal with the Greens to allow the government to rack up unlimited debt, the opposite of what the government promised?

The SPEAKER: The member will resume his seat. Members will not use props in question time, and that includes the shadow Treasurer. I call the honourable member for McMahon to ask his question with no props.

Mr BOWEN: Certainly, Madam Speaker. I refer the Prime Minister to the television campaign featuring the Prime Minister saying that a coalition government would repay the debt. Prime Minister, why has the government struck a deal with the Greens to allow the government to rack up unlimited debt, the opposite of what the government promised?




Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:14): Our fundamental commitment was to clean up Labor's mess—and I tell you what: when it comes to cleaning up the mess, even the Greens are more responsible than the Labor Party. The Labor Party now makes even the fringe dwellers look good.