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Thursday, 27 June 2013
Page: 7271

Rudd Government


Mr PYNE (SturtManager of Opposition Business) (14:14): My question is to the Prime Minister. I remind the Prime Minister that the Australian people voted for his election in 2007 and ended up with the member for Lalor. They voted for the member for Lalor in 2010 and ended up with him. What guarantee can he provide that, if the Australian people re-elect a Labor government in 2013, they will not end up with someone else after the election?


Mr RUDD (Griffith—Prime Minister) (14:20): I thank the honourable member for his question. This is either the fourth or fifth question in question time, and not a single question on policy. I say to those opposite that once again we see on parade the old politics whereby we scream at each other, we do not work with each other, we try and scare people rather than make them think, and then on top of that we engage in politics which divides ordinary Australians rather than unites them.

The honourable member will be fully aware that the nation faces large challenges for the future. I find it remarkable that the honourable member should be so nervous about the Leader of the Opposition's prospects for the next election.

Mr Dutton: This routine's a bit tired, Kevin.

The SPEAKER: I am growing a bit tired of the member for Dickson's constant interjections.