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Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Page: 3213

Abbott Government


Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:29): My question is to the Prime Minister. How does the Prime Minister explain the following priorities: breaking election promises by cutting health and education, cutting payments to orphans of veterans but paying some Australians $75,000 to have a baby, cutting protections against bigotry but not fighting for Australian jobs, awarding knighthoods but cutting the wages of cleaners?


Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:30): Madam Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition is humming Rule Britannia across the table when in fact what happened yesterday was the restoration of knighthoods and damehoods in the Order of Australia. That is what happened. So I say to the honourable Bill Shorten—a title derived from the United Kingdom—

Mr Burke: Madam Speaker—

The SPEAKER: The Manager of Opposition Business will resume his seat. Please refer to people by their correct titles, Prime Minister.

Mr ABBOTT: I say to the honourable the Leader of the Opposition—a title derived from Britain—I say to the honourable the Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition: start telling the truth. Start telling the truth for a change.

Now, not one of the smears and slurs contained in the Leader of the Opposition's statement—

Mr Thistlethwaite interjecting

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

The member for Kingsford Smith then left the chamber.

Mr ABBOTT: because it was not a question; it was a statement—not one of them is true. I will tell you what our priorities are.

Mr Champion interjecting

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

The member for Wakefield then left the chamber.

Mr ABBOTT: Our priorities are helping Australian families by scrapping the carbon tax. Labor wants the carbon tax to stay. Our priorities are helping Australian jobs by scrapping the mining tax. Labor wants the mining tax to stay. Our priorities are restoring peace in our workplaces by restoring the ABCC. Labor wants the ABCC to go.

Mr Shorten interjecting

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition will desist.

Mr ABBOTT: Our priorities are those of the Australian people. What the Australian people want is less tax, less regulation, more freedom and more prosperity, and that is what they will get from this government.