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Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Page: 14632

Budget


Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (14:42): My—

Government members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Members on my right! Members on my right!

Mr ALBANESE: It's coming!

Mr Pyne interjecting

The SPEAKER: Member for Grayndler—I'm just trying to contain myself at the irony of the Leader of the House complaining about the use of props. But I will enforce the rules. At this stage, I think I'm just going to give the member for Grayndler the benefit of the doubt, that he needs a large photocopier! But we'll see how he goes.

Mr ALBANESE: Thanks, Mr Speaker. My question is addressed to the Prime Minister and arises out of the answer just given. Can the Prime Minister confirm that in the last few weeks his government did promise faster rail for Geelong, but last night's budget failed to provide a single cent over the next four years to deliver the project, and that his $200 million promise for Kakadu became Kakadon't, with not a single new cent in the budget? Doesn't this just confirm that his government's budget con job has already fallen apart? (Time expired)






Mr MORRISON (CookPrime Minister) (14:43): Well, I thought the member for Grayndler had been around this place for a long time, and I thought he actually understood how budgets were put together. He's asked me about the funding for Kakadu. What he obviously has failed to see is that, in the MYEFO, provision was taken in the decisions taken but not yet announced, and the funding was provided in that fund, and, when the money is put in that bucket of money, when it is put in as a measure in the budget, then the line item funding is entered as dashes. That means the funding is in the budget—all of the funding is in the budget. And all the member for Grayndler has shown is that, despite being here forever, he, like everyone on that side of the House, has no idea how a budget is put together. No wonder they haven't been able to find a surplus—they can't even find their way around the budget papers!