Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Questions without Notice
Last time I looked, Senator Macdonald, the rating agencies were relevant to the market and the question was about the market. Senator Sinodinos's questions are far more sensible than your interjections. I will talk a bit longer if you would like, because I love it when you try and shout me down. I will keep talking. In terms of the structural budget position, I look forward to the coalition abolishing one of the so-called great policies of the Howard government era which is the baby bonus, which was trumpeted by those opposite but of course does continue to detract from the structural position of the budget. They oppose the budget's previous savings measures because the member for North Sydney was rolled by Mr Andrews. As yet, we have not heard from them what their position is, so I look forward to their response on that issue. Of course another important structural save—which is contributing to disability care—is the means testing for the private health insurance rebate, also opposed by those opposite. If they want to fund disability care, I look forward to them telling Australia what they will cut instead.