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Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Page: 7934

Turnbull Government

Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:01): My question is to the Prime Minister: Given that nearly half of his parliamentary colleagues, including seven of his ministers, have today expressed a lack of confidence in the Prime Minister, how can the Prime Minister claim to have any mandate to govern this country?

Mr TURNBULL (WentworthPrime Minister) (14:01): The mandate our government has came from the 2016 election. Remember that? We won and you lost! We're delivering! We're delivering! We're delivering on lower taxes, more jobs and stronger economic growth. We're delivering on lower energy prices, because what we're doing is standing up for the Australian people, who the Labor Party has abandoned. The Labor Party used to claim that it was in favour of giving people a chance to get ahead.

Dr Aly interjecting

Mr TURNBULL: They used to believe, member for Cowan, in aspiration—until it became a mystery to her colleague on the front bench.

Honourable members interjecting

Mr TURNBULL: The fact of the matter is that we are delivering strong economic growth faster than any of the G7 economies—record jobs growth, lower taxes and more investment in essential services than ever before—and we are turning the corner on energy prices, bringing them down. Labor, on the other hand, wants higher taxes, higher energy prices, less employment, less investment, slower economic growth and lower wages. That would be the consequence of a Labor government.

Mr Conroy: A carcass, swinging in the breeze!

The SPEAKER: The member for Shortland is warned! I'm just going to caution members with the obvious caution: the level of noise is far too high. I will take action under 94(a) without warning, if I deem fit. I particularly caution the members for Bendigo, Bass and Braddon.