Senate debates

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Questions without Notice

Taxation

2:05 pm

Photo of Mathias CormannMathias Cormann (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Finance) Share this | Hansard source

This government always works to secure the best possible outcomes, but we also know that, with a Senate in which we do not have majority support, in the end there is a limit to how much reform can be secured, as necessary as it is for the nation. Whether it comes to generating stronger economic growth and creating more jobs, or whether it is driving down electricity prices and increasing the reliability of our energy supplies, we continue to leave no stone unturned. I don't think that anyone can reasonably argue that we have not done our absolute best across the policy areas that the senator has mentioned.

Our plan is a very comprehensive plan for a stronger economy and more jobs. Our plan is a very comprehensive plan for lower electricity prices and more reliable energy supplies. We of course will now adjust our plan, moving forward. Given the attitudes taken by the Senate, in the end, we're realists and pragmatists and we'll keep working. (Time expired)

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