House debates

Monday, 14 July 2014

Questions without Notice

Carbon Pricing

2:51 pm

Photo of Mr Tony BurkeMr Tony Burke (Watson, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Finance) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. Before the election the Prime Minister said:

I think the Australian people are sick of the governing party which makes decisions on the basis of squalid backroom deals.

Prime Minister, after the last few days, how do you reckon the backroom deals are going?

Photo of Mrs Bronwyn BishopMrs Bronwyn Bishop (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

I have to say that that question is running pretty close to the wind of the standing orders, but I will let it stand.

2:52 pm

Photo of Tony AbbottTony Abbott (Warringah, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

We said we would abolish the carbon tax, and that is exactly what we are doing—we are putting the abolition bill through the parliament. Members opposite keep saying that the government should honour its commitments, and that is exactly what we are doing. No thanks to the opposition, though—not only is the opposition trying to stop us from honouring our commitments, but it is trying to stop us from honouring their own commitments—the tax cut that they had abandoned; the savings that they promised and are now opposing; and of course the carbon tax that they said they had abolished, and that they now love. We are being absolutely faithful to the commitments we made to the public pre-election, and it is high time the Labor Party was, too.