Senate debates

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Questions without Notice

Council of Australian Governments

2:01 pm

Photo of Mathias CormannMathias Cormann (WA, Liberal Party, Vice-President of the Executive Council) Share this | Hansard source

No, I reject that completely. Unlike the Labor Party, we, of course, don't have to have a meeting to get something done. The Labor Party have lots of meetings, and do you know what they do at these meetings? They come up with ideas on how they can jack up taxes.

We are working every single day on how to make Australia stronger: keeping the economy strong, keeping Australians safe, making sure that funding for all the essential services that Australians rely on are guaranteed within the budget. We are working very closely with all of the state and territory governments on important funding reforms across health, education and in relation to GST-sharing arrangements as well—something the Labor Party has got a completely confused position about. I remember last week Labor senators from Tasmania were describing as a done deal something that Mr Shorten is telling people in Western Australia he supports.

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