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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Question QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE Budget Tuesday, 24 June 2014 Clive Palmer – Member for Fairfax Responder Abbott, Tony, MP Mr PALMER (Fairfax) (14:17): My question is to the Prime Minister. Has the Prime Minister considered spending $8 billion covering blackspots on the internet to save $36 billion, saving another $20 billion by scrapping paid parental leave, saving another $2.5 billion by scrapping Direct Action and buying our submarines rather than developing them to save another $20 billion? Why does the government want to penalise its people? Why don’t you do your job? The SPEAKER: The Prime Minister has the call and will ignore the last part of the question. Mr ABBOTT (Warringah—Prime Minister) (14:18): I will say this much for the member for Fairfax: at least he is coming up with some ideas, unlike the Leader of the Opposition over there. They are not very good ideas, but nevertheless there are some ideas at least coming from the member for Fairfax, unlike the Leader of the Opposition, who is all complaint and no solution. Mr Burke interjecting— The SPEAKER: The member for Watson will desist! Mr ABBOTT: I can assure the member for Fairfax that we will be keeping our commitments. And to the best that I can recall the rest of his question, all of the things that he asked us to do would be in breach of our election commitments, so we will not be doing them. Clive Palmer at press conference at National Poetry Festival Brisbane The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 139


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