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Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Page: 10185


Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (14:42): My question is to the Acting Prime Minister. I refer the Acting Prime Minister to the government's claim that it will bring the budget back to surplus this financial year, despite collecting less revenue than forecast and its growing $120 billion black hole. Will the Acting Prime Minister rule out making changes to the tax arrangements for superannuation in order to help achieve a surplus this year?

Mr SWAN (LilleyDeputy Prime Minister and Treasurer) (14:42): I said before that I certainly do not agree with the figure that was put forward by the member. It was simply shoddy journalism that appeared in the Australian Financial Review and had no basis in truth. As for the rest of it, I refer him to my last answer.