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Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Page: 3216

Australian Honours


Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:40): My question is to the Prime Minister. Why does the government have a plan to bring back knights and dames, but no plan for Australian jobs? Prime Minister, why is the Abbott government's priority a plan to bring back knighthoods?


Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:40): Well, Madam Speaker, this is—

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition's question was listened to in silence by those on my left. You will listen similarly to the answer. The Prime Minister has the call.

Mr ABBOTT: This is a government which is capable of doing several things at the same time. But our priority is lifting the burdens on Australian families, and last week we tried to scrap the carbon tax, and Labor made the carbon tax stay. Yesterday we tried to scrap the mining tax, and Labor made the mining tax stay. We are trying to clean up the building and construction industry; Labor is trying to stop that. We are trying to get rid of union rorts, rackets and rip-offs, and corruption of the sort that the former member for Dobell was engaged in; Labor is still protecting that kind of wrongdoing. These are our priorities; I am proud of them.

Mr Burke: Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. If there was ever a breach of standing order 104(a), it is what we just heard.

The SPEAKER: There is no point of order.