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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 78

Abbott Government

Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:48): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to the Liberal member for Brisbane's perceptive comments yesterday:

We cannot govern ourselves in an internal climate of fear and intimidation. And that is the unacceptable situation we have endured for the past five years.

Does the Prime Minister agree with the member for Brisbane?

Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:49): I certainly agree that it is time to get on with government. It is time to get on with government. That is exactly what we are doing, with a new families package that will focus on child care, with a jobs and small business package that will focus on a tax cut for small business. That builds on the work that this government has already done to repeal the carbon tax, a $550-a-year benefit for every household; to repeal the mining tax; to restore Australia's reputation as a place to invest; and three free trade agreements that are setting up the future. So this is a government which is getting on with what is right for the people of Australia. We have a plan to improve our economy. All members opposite have is one long, loud complaint—no answers, just a complaint.