Senator LAMBIE: There is a myth—that the Liberals are good managers of public funds — which I would like to question by stating the facts.
The Howard Liberal government made a grand total of $59.8 billion from public asset sales: $4.4 billion from airports, $48.6 billion from Telstra and $6.8 billion from Commonwealth Bank.
Senator Ian Macdonald: Mr Acting Deputy President, I rise on a point of order. I draw you to the standing order which requires that senators shall not read their speeches.
Senator Cameron: On the point of order: Senator Macdonald has been around here long enough to know that that is an absolute nonsense proposal he has put forward. Senator Lambie has been on her feet for I think 15 seconds, and I just think it is absolutely outrageous to put that proposal up.
The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Williams ): I am going to rule it as okay for Senator Lambie
to continue. I have been here for some time now and I have seen many, many senators refer to notes in front
of them. Continue, Senator Lambie.
Senator LAMBIE: The Liberals under Mr Howard and Mr Abbott sold $59.8 billion of public assets and paid back $57 billion of Labor debt, leaving us with $108 billion of outstanding bonds and unfunded public service super.
How much revenue would have been raised to today had we not sold those public assets? In the last six months, the Turnbull Liberal government has failed to present a tax plan to the Australian people, and that failure has added to the chaos and confusion that the Abbott Liberal government first created for this parliament.
The Liberals like to spread the propaganda that it is the other crossbenchers and I who have made this Senate chaotic and unworkable.
In the Senate I have voted for and passed almost 75 per cent of the Liberals’ legislation. That is worth $32 billion. With my votes I have protected Australia’s poor from $30 billion of Liberals’ cuts.
The Liberals sacked a Prime Minister and have caused chaos. Everyone knows that the Liberals will increase the GST and tax Australia’s poor if they are re-elected as the government.
I have identified an extra $94 billion over 10 years for our budget if only the government had the courage to tax the super-rich.
Australia could have a super-rich death tax, a capital gains tax and a financial transactions tax. Just those three new taxes would raise an extra $94 billion over the next decade by targeting the super-rich.
The Liberals try to make us pay more to visit our doctors with their GP co-payments to repair our budget.
In the Senate I helped stop that attack on Medicare, and I will do it again and again because the Liberals now want to make Australian women pay more for cancer checks by forcing $650 million of cuts to bulk-billing.