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Thursday, 5 December 2013
Page: 1795


Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:29): The members of the Commission of Audit, led by Tony Shepherd, the head of the Business Council of Australia, are very well placed to go through the operations of government—department by department, division by division, agency by agency, branch by branch—to try to ensure that government services are as efficient and as effective as possible. Surely members opposite would want a government to be as efficient and as effective as possible. We think that government holds taxpayers' dollars on trust from them. They do not belong to us. They belong to the people of Australia, and we want to ensure that that money is spent as efficiently and as effectively as possible. That is why we have given the job of conducting the Commission of Audit to the appropriate experts.