Senate debates

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Questions without Notice

Pensions and Benefits

2:13 pm

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Families and Social Services) Share this | Hansard source

The Australian government, the Morrison government, the coalition government, is absolutely committed to putting the right measures into our economy to make sure two very clear things happen. One is that we support Australians who need our support during this time, and the other one is that we get the economy kickstarted on the other side of this so that we can actually have the jobs so people can go back.

Those opposite seem to think that they have got some sort of claim on monetary and fiscal policy within the economy. If they'd like to have a look at economics 101, they'd actually realise there are many ways that you can stimulate an economy, whether it's through fiscal or monetary policy—and, as Senator Smith behind me said, reducing the tax burden. For some reason, you seem absolutely fixated on particular things that you might think are the only way to stimulate the economy. We on this side know that you have to have a suite of measures, a full package, to make sure that you are taking a holistic approach to looking after all Australians.


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