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Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Page: 3210

Education Funding

Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:17): My question is to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has chosen to break his pre-election promises on education—cutting money from schools, trade training centres and research and development. Prime Minister, don't these choices reflect the government's lack of vision and its twisted priorities?

Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:17): This is not a question. This is a sneer. It is a false sneer. It is a sneer and a smear from a member from parliament who should know better. We have more than kept our commitments on school education. Labor cut $1.2 billion from school education in the pre-election fiscal outlook on top of the $3.9 billion that the Leader of the Opposition, then the education minister, cut from education and training in the 2012 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook. We are keeping our commitments; Labor is breaking its commitments—even its saving commitments, the commitments that it took to the election and is now ratting on in the Senate. We are keeping our commitments. We have been and we will be a trustworthy government. That will be the contrast between this government and its predecessor.