Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Questions without Notice
This government supports all of the measures that we put forward in the budget, because all of those measures are important to deliver the surplus that members opposite promised time and time again and never delivered. This is a government which is determined to get our budget back under control. This is a government which is determined to make our system sustainable. The only way to make the system sustainable is to take some tough but necessary decisions. Because for six years we had drift and betrayal we need to take the decisions which are necessary now in our national interest.
I would like to offer the member who asked the question this important insight. It is a very important insight. It says:
So in terms of life expectancy, 70 is the new 64. And in terms of health, 74 is the new 64.
With a steady decline in the share of backbreaking jobs, and ongoing improvements in medical technology, it is reasonable to expect these numbers to keep rising. Yet to look at many of the statutes on our books, you would think that none of these changes had ever occurred.
Who said that?
Government members interjecting—
But he just had. I am not going to repeat the words to you, Madam Speaker, because then I would be doing the same thing. You just ruled that he needed to return and not reflect on members. He should withdraw for when he did.
I did not hear him say anything which required withdrawal. However, if the member wishes to advise me what it is, then I will pay attention to that.
Mr Dreyfus interjecting—
The member for Isaacs will leave the House under standing order 94(a).
The member for Isaacs then left the chamber—
Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. It is perplexing that you drew the Prime Minister's attention to not reflecting on members and then said you did not hear it—
There is no point of order. The member for Grayndler will resume his seat. I said: 'The minister will return to the question and not reflect on members', and that is a statement that I will make frequently. The Prime Minister has the call.
In all the hyperventilation they might have missed it but, to keep them happy, I am going to withdraw. In terms of life expectancy, 70 is the new 64 and, in terms of health, 74 is the new 64.
Government members: Who said that?
If what this government is proposing is so wrong, I suggest to the Leader of the Opposition: sack your shadow Assistant Treasurer—because it is him, it is him, it is him!
A government member: He is telling the truth!
Opposition members interjecting—
Another member of club sensible.