House debates

Tuesday, 13 February 2024

Statements by Members

Albanese Government

1:53 pm

Photo of Angus TaylorAngus Taylor (Hume, Liberal Party, Shadow Treasurer) Share this | | Hansard source

One of the great disappointments for people across Australia and across the world, indeed, is the loss of trust of leaders, whether it's in business, media or government, but this Prime Minister, this government and this Treasurer are making a bad situation worse. We have a prime minister and treasurer who have broken too many promises and whose words mean absolutely nothing. The Prime Minister and his Treasurer promised over 100 times that they wouldn't change the stage 3 tax cuts—an election promise that they voted for. They didn't tell the truth. They misled Australians in a calculated way, because they were working on it for months. We know this because Treasury said so. It's extraordinary to think that they could say one thing to the Australian public while planning and working on the exact opposite. But, then again, it shouldn't come as a surprise, because this is the government—we've got the responsible minister here—that promised that power bills would come down by $275 and that there'd be cheaper mortgages. There is no sign of that; they've gone up 12 times. Real disposable incomes have collapsed by $8,000 under this Treasurer. Australians deserve better than them.

Hon. Members:

Honourable members interjecting

Photo of Sharon ClaydonSharon Claydon (Newcastle, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Enough! I just remind the House I have no problem hearing, so stop yelling at me.