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Thursday, 21 November 2013
Page: 1058


Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (15:06): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to the Prime Minister's commitment before the election that under the coalition there would be no cuts to health, no cuts to education and no change to pensions. Will the Prime Minister confirm, irrespective of what his 'commission of cuts' recommends, that health, education and the pension are safe from the Abbott axe?

Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (15:07): I am very happy to get that question and I am very happy to say to the Leader of the Opposition and members opposite that we stand by all our election commitments. I know that surprises members opposite because they never stand by any of theirs. I know they have made repeated pre-election claims only to dishonour them post election. But I want to put their minds at ease: we stand by all our pre-election commitments and we will deliver on all our pre-election commitments.