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Monday, 2 March 2015
Page: 1627

Health Care

Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:18): My question is to the Prime Minister. Just weeks before the New South Wales state election, it has been reported that the Prime Minister's unfair GP tax will be scrapped. This is not the first time that the Prime Minister has made announcements on the eve of a vote. Why should the Prime Minister's claims before another state election be viewed any differently from the straight-out lies he told voters before the federal election?

The SPEAKER: That is an unparliamentary term. The member will remove that term.

Mr SHORTEN: All right, Madam Speaker.

The SPEAKER: Just the end of it.

Mr SHORTEN: How can anyone believe anything that this Prime Minister says before an election?

The SPEAKER: I would remind the Leader of the Opposition that he knows perfectly well that that is an unparliamentary term and not to use it again.

Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:19): That from a member of parliament who backstabbed two prime ministers!

Mr Perrett interjecting

Mr Husic interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Moreton is warned and so is the member for Chifley!

Mr ABBOTT: This government has delivered for the people of New South Wales. We have abolished the carbon tax and we have abolished the mining tax. This government has committed to the WestConnex project, the NorthConnex project and to the Pacific Highway. And we will deliver. It is interesting that the Leader of the Opposition should ask me about the state election, because the state Labor opposition has just released an infrastructure plan that is not about what they will build but about what they will cancel. Labor have announced that they will cancel the second harbour rail crossing, they will cancel the Parramatta light rail—

Ms Butler interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Griffith will desist!

Mr ABBOTT: and they will cancel road upgrades around Sydney's second airport and Western Sydney's first airport. They will cancel all of that. And they have said that they will cancel stage 3 of WestConnex. The New South Wales Labor Party, having presided over 16 years of stagnation, now want to take New South Wales backwards. I am very pleased to be working hand in glove with the New South Wales Premier, Mike Baird. I am very happy to be standing shoulder to shoulder with Mike Baird, as I was just nine days ago in Sydney. Together, the New South Wales coalition government and the Commonwealth coalition government will set up New South Wales for a great future.