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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Page: 9396


Ms PLIBERSEK (SydneyDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:35): My question is to the Prime Minister. Can the Prime Minister advise the House how many more Australians will be reliant on the aged pension if the increase to the superannuation guarantee is frozen for six years?

Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:36): I want to see more self-reliant Australians. I want to see a more self-reliant country and the best way to do that is to ensure that our economy is as strong as possible. The stronger our economy is, the more sustainable a generous social security system will be and the more sustainable a generous and appropriate retirement income system will be.

So I am very proud of the work that the government, particularly the Treasurer and the finance minister, have done to deliver on our commitment to get rid of the mining tax because the mining tax was possibly the most stupid tax ever devised.

It was a tax that destroyed jobs, it damaged investment and it did not raise a cent— (Time expired)

Ms Plibersek: Speaker, I rise on a point of order.

The SPEAKER: The Prime Minister has completed his answer.

Mr Shorten: Without an answer!