Question On Notice - House of Representatives

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BIRD (Cunningham): Thank you Mr Speaker my question is to the Minister for Vocational Education, will the Minister rule out increasing TAFE fees with the GST? 

HARTSUYKER (Cowper): I thank the good Member for her question and I must say Mr Speaker that I’m feeling the love, I’m feeling the love. Two years in the Employment portfolio and I got one question.  I’ve already got my first question just within a couple of months, Mr Speaker, so I’m indeed feeling the love from the Members opposite. 

What I can say Mr Speaker is that we are committed to a tax system that is going to take this country forward.  We are committed to a tax system that is going to provide a growing economy and it’s a growing economy that is going to provide opportunities for Australians to get into work. You can see the fruits of the government’s efforts with the fall in the unemployment rate Mr Speaker. I don’t hear them asking about what the good news about the fall in the unemployment rate, we only hear them trying to mount a scare campaign on taxes. 

Well we are about a tax system that is going to meet the needs of Australia in the 21st Century they’re about looking through the rear view mirror trying to mount the not so scary scare campaign, Mr Speaker. We want an education system that is going to meet our needs into the 21st century, we want a VET training… 

SPEAKER: The Minister will resume his seat, the Member for Cunningham on a Point Of Order, 

BIRD (Cunningham): Thank you Mr Speaker on relevance, if the Minister could go to the Education matters…. 

SPEAKER: The member will resume her seat. The Minister has the call… 

HARTSUYKER (Cowper) : Thank you Mr Speaker, certainly we on this side of the House understand the importance of education, we have policies in education that will drive this country forward we have policies in relation to taxation that will take this country forward.  We are having a discussion with the Australian people, Mr Speaker, and we are aiming to come up with a tax system that will be to the benefit of all Australians. For those Australians on lower incomes a tax system that will support those Australians to provide them with the services that they need going forward and for those who are in business and for those who are striving to benefit themselves a tax system which will give them the incentive to increase their incomes and assist in the growth of the Australian economy.


We on this side of the house are about driving Australia forward those on the other side of the house are about holding this economy back.