House debates

Tuesday, 27 February 2024

Statements by Members


1:54 pm

Photo of Josh BurnsJosh Burns (Macnamara, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I rise to talk about power couples. Let's reflect on some of the very best. We've had Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Barack and Michelle Obama, TayTay and Travis, Beyonce and Jay-Z, and Posh and Becks. But there is a new power couple that I want to admire today. The new power couple is the Greens and the Liberal Party. They are the new power couple working together and coming together to do important things. These are important things like delaying the investment of $10 billion to build 30,000 social housing homes, including 4,000 homes for women and children fleeing domestic violence. The new power couple of the Greens and the Liberals came together to block a bill to make sure that multinationals pay their fair share of tax. The new power couple of the Liberals and the Greens stalled a bill to reduce emissions from some of Australia's largest emitters. The power couple of the Liberals and the Greens worked together to hold up Labor's 2023 budget package, which included things like increasing JobSeeker, study allowance and the single parenting payment.

Now the new power couple of 2024, the Liberals and the Greens, are teaming up to work in the Senate to block Labor's Help to Buy scheme. These people literally want to stop Australians buying their own home. But we on this side are going to deliver for the Australian people. We're not going to team up like the new power couple that is the Liberals and the Greens. We're going to deliver for the hardworking people of Australia.