Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Questions without Notice
There is no plan to abandon indexation. Age pensions will go up every six months every year. That is the situation. We will put in place the indexation arrangements that members opposite think are fair for family tax benefits—and, if it is fair for family tax benefits, it is fair for other social security benefits. The member for Jagajaga and I disagree on some things but we do agree on some things as well. I would like to quote the member for Jagajaga, who said: 'As a parent, it is every parent's nightmare that your 15-year-old might drop out of school and basically do nothing.'
Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order on direct relevance. It is impossible to have a more tightly targeted question than this one, and the Prime Minister's answer is way off relevant.
The shadow minister is entitled to canvass areas of disagreement and I am entitled to canvass areas of agreement. The member for Jagajaga said: 'As a parent, it is every parent's nightmare that your 15-year-old might drop out of school and basically do nothing. We do not want to see 15, 16 and 17—
'We do not want to see 15-, 16- or 17-year-olds sitting around doing nothing. No parent wants to see that. The kids want the opportunity to earn or learn.' That is what the member for Jagajaga thinks. Welcome to 'club sensible'.
Madam Speaker, he referred to 15-year-olds in answer to a question about the age pension. There are not a lot of 15-year-olds on the age pension. If that is relevant, anything is no matter what we ask.