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Monday, 24 February 2014
Page: 547

Employment


Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:03): My question is to the Prime Minister. On 19 February, the Prime Minister said he was shocked at the job losses—shocked about Toyota, shocked about Holden, shocked about Alcoa. Prime Minister, is the government's state of shock the reason that there is no plan on transition, no plan to create new jobs and no plan for innovation from his government?


Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:03): I do deeply regret the job losses at the various businesses that the Leader of the Opposition has mentioned. I deeply regret them. Our plan to create jobs and to boost prosperity starts with scrapping the carbon tax. It starts with scrapping the carbon tax; it continues with scrapping the mining tax. It goes on with restoring the Australian Building and Construction Commission. It goes on with reducing red and green tape. This is what we need in this country if we are to create the jobs—the secure and sustainable jobs—of the future. That is our plan.

What is the Leader of the Opposition's plan? The Leader of the Opposition has consistently opposed everything—everything—that this government has tried to do to create jobs. The Leader of the Opposition's plan is to keep the carbon tax: a $9 billion hit on jobs. The Leader of the Opposition's plan is to keep the mining tax—again, an anti-Western-Australian tax. The Leader of the Opposition's plan is to oppose the restoration of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, because the problem—

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: We will have some silence on my left!

Mr ABBOTT: with this Leader of the Opposition is that he cannot transcend his background as a union official.