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Tuesday, 28 October 2014
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(Question No. 203)

Dr Leigh asked the Treasurer, in writing, on 8 July 2014:

In respect of his speech to the Sydney Institute on 11 June 2014 where he criticised those Australians he regards as 'leaners', does he regard the following as 'leaners': (a) pensioners, (b) people with disabilities, (c) the unemployed, (d) single parents, (e) students, (f) stay-at-home parents, and (g) carers; if not, will he identify who in Australia is a 'leaner'.

Mr Hockey: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The 2014-15 Budget is part of the Government's Economic Action Strategy to build a strong and prosperous economy for a safe and secure Australia for all Australians.

The Government made a number of changes in the 2014-15 Budget to ensure that government assistance is targeted towards supporting the most vulnerable Australians, while encouraging those who are able to work or study.

The Government will continue to provide assistance for families, seniors, people with a disability and carers, and those most in need.