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Monday, 22 September 2014
Page: 9971

Budget


Mr NEUMANN (Blair) (14:59): My question is to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister, I refer to the Children and Family Centre in Fitzroy Crossing—one of 38 centres across Australia that faces closure because of the Prime Minister's cuts to Indigenous services. Aboriginal leader June Oscar says that the Fitzroy community faces a crisis because of the centre's potential closure, stating: '… it impacts on our kids, the retention of staff jobs and service delivery'. Prime Minister, why should the Fitzroy community suffer because of your broken promises?


Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:59): I defy members opposite to justify this charge of broken promises.

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: There will be silence on my left.

Mr ABBOTT: Overall funding for Indigenous programs goes up. Overall funding for social services, for schools, for hospitals and for everything continues to increase—

The SPEAKER: The member for Jagajaga on a point of order.

Ms Macklin: I seek leave to table a page 185 that shows—

The SPEAKER: The member will resume her seat.

Ms Macklin interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Jagajaga is warned. You know perfectly well that is not a point of order.

Ms Macklin interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Jagajaga will leave the chamber under standing order 94(a).

The member for Jagajaga then left the chamber.

The SPEAKER: The member for Grayndler on a point of order.

Mr Albanese: The member for Jagajaga sought leave to table a document, entirely within the provision of standing orders, in response to a request from the Prime Minister.

The SPEAKER: The member will resume his seat. The member for Jagajaga was asked to leave, because when she was asked to resume her seat she did not do so. The Prime Minister has the call.

Mr ABBOTT: We are continuing to fund all of the major programs.

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Parramatta will desist and so will the members for Lalor and Adelaide.

Mr ABBOTT: We are determined to ensure that we get the best possible value for our spending, and we are determined to ensure that our spending is sustainable over the long term. The problem with members opposite is that they are not interested in efficiency. They are only interested in spending. They are not interested in results. They are only interested, it seems, in bureaucracy. They are much better at building bureaucracy than they are at getting results on the ground. Our determination is to get results on the ground, and if that means re-casting programs and if it means over time directing funding—

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Moreton is warned—

Mr ABBOTT: from services that are less effective towards services that are more effective, so be it.