Tuesday, 25 May 2021
Questions without Notice
More specifically, I'm asked about how workers can earn more in this country, and they get that in an economy that is growing. We have a plan to grow the economy. I was speaking about the digital transformation, of some $1.2 billion, on top of $800 million. It may be a mystery to those opposite that people who work in the retail sector are able to be supported in jobs because of Australians going out and spending money every day and consumption rising in the economy, and that is done when you're driving an economy that is growing, year on year on year, and recovering from the worst recession we have seen since the Great Depression, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
So whether it's the infrastructure spending, the HomeBuilder spending, the support we're putting in through our innovation and research and development supporting heavy industries in this country, keeping electricity prices low through our investments or whether it's in gas-fired power in the Hunter and elsewhere, that's our plan. That's what we're doing. We've got the runs on the board when it comes to getting Australians back into jobs, whether it's women or young people, getting apprentices into apprenticeships, trainees into traineeships.
What we heard from the Leader of the Opposition is simply a plan to increase taxes and spend money that the states should be spending. There's no plan to grow the economy from those opposite, no plan whatsoever to grow the economy. They want to put up taxes like their mates down in Victoria, whose first response—