House debates

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Statements by Members

Coalition Government

1:52 pm

Photo of Joanne RyanJoanne Ryan (Lalor, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

This Prime Minister's earliest slogan once he attained office, to my memory, was, 'If you have a go, you'll get a go.' Well, here's a message, Prime Minister, from my part of the world: you had a go, you got a go and now it's time to go.

What has this tired government delivered in eight long years? These are the questions being asked in communities across Australia. Well, they've delivered, in a word, division, and, in another, destruction. The digital divide is baked in under this government. The budget copper delivers less and costs more than optic fibre. The educational divide is deeper. Childcare and early education costs have gone up, and the concept of quality is never talked about by this government. In schools, they've again baked in inequality, and it's having a negative impact on outcomes.

Now this Prime Minister wants the government to step back so Australians can step forward in some kind of new Hokey Pokey dance. My electorate and the people that I represent here are tired of the word salads. They're tired of the number salads. They're tired of this Prime Minister and his slogans.