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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Page: 9397

Budget


Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:41): My question is to the Prime Minister. Why did the Prime Minister team up with Clive Palmer to kill the schoolkids bonus, the low-income superannuation tax breaks and the income support bonus, and to delay superannuation for almost nine million Australians? Is the Prime Minister proud of the dirty deal he has done with Clive Palmer that will injure millions of Australian families?

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: The Treasurer will desist and so will the cacophony on my left.



Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:42): All the measures that we have, in the words of the Leader of the Opposition, 'teamed up with Clive Palmer to implement' are promises that we took to the election. They are all commitments that we took to the election.

Let's consider what this opposition is doing. First of all they are complaining that we do not keep commitments and now they are complaining that we do keep commitments! They cannot have it both ways. What we are seeing is the futile roaring of an opposition which has dealt itself out of making a serious contribution to the government of this country. It is an opposition which has made itself a relevant by refusing to accept the mandate that this government won at the election.

This government is determined to implement its policies. We are determined to implement our policies for the betterment of our nation and we are determined to work with other political parties who recognise the mandate that we won to do the right thing by the people of this country. We will deliver. We will work with the parliament, the people elected, to deliver on our commitments to the Australian people.

Mr Shorten: Speaker—

The SPEAKER: I call the honourable member from Ryan.

Mr Shorten: Speaker—

The SPEAKER: Does the Leader of the Opposition have a point of order?

Mr Shorten: No. I seek leave to move the following motion:

That this House condemns the Prime Minister for:

(1) Violating the trust of the Australian people;—

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition! I had given the call to the member for Ryan and I have given acknowledgement—

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: There will be silence! I gave the call to the Leader of the Opposition after giving the call to the member for Ryan, asking him if he had a point of order. He said no and that he wished to move a motion. So we will take the member for Ryan first and then he can move his motion.

Mr Burke: Speaker, I rise on a point of order. You asked the Leader of the Opposition whether he had a point of order. He said he did not and continued to ask leave. You did not withdraw the call at that point. He continued to have the call while he sought leave. You have to allow him to conclude asking for leave before the call goes to someone else. You cannot deny the call midway through someone seeking leave.

Mr Shorten: Madam Speaker, if I may be of assistance to the House. Whilst I agree with the Manager of Opposition Business, we can wait another four minutes; it does not change the violation of trust by this Prime Minister.

The SPEAKER: In answer to the point of order raised by the Manager of Opposition Business, what he says is perfectly true, except I had first given the call to the member for Ryan.