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Thursday, 15 May 2014
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Ms KING (Ballarat) (14:55): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to the Prime Minister's promise that there would be 'no cuts to health'. This week the Prime Minister cut $80 billion out of schools and hospitals. Can the Prime Minister guarantee that no hospital wards will be shut, no doctors or nurses will be sacked and emergency department waiting times will not blow out as a result of your broken promises?

Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:56): The premise of the question is simply untrue. Every dollar of savings in health is being reinvested in the medical research fund that will give us the treatments and the cures that our country and our world needs in the years and the decades to come. It is true that pie-in-the-sky promises that were made by the former government do not bind this government. We made that absolutely crystal clear before the last election. We all know that the former government tried to booby trap our fiscal future by making completely unsustainable promises for the out years. The first of those out years is now in the forward estimates period, and I have to say that, in that final year, spending will increase. Spending will continue to increase but it will do so at a sustainable rate, not the absolutely unsustainable rate contained in the pie-in-the-sky promises, the undeliverable pie-in-the-sky promises, that the Labor Party gave before the election.

Ms King: Madam Speaker, I seek leave to table the budget documents that show there is an $80 billion cut to health and education.

Leave not granted.