Abbott says he’ll give Abbott’s policies a try
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AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he will give his policies a look in the Senate next week and “really give a chance to the Australian people to have their say”.
Rudd has been asked about the idea that his Coalition government might be tempted to push through its economic policy as soon as it wins a majority.
But Labor has been pushing the idea for some time and the Opposition Leader has been telling his party members that they should do the same.
“I’ll make sure we’ve got a debate around the policies,” Mr Rudd said in the House of Representatives yesterday.
The Opposition leader is also calling for a crossbench vote on the $400 million stimulus package that Mr Rudd has promised.
He said he would “look at it as a priority”.
“There’s no doubt the economic situation is challenging, the world is changing, and the global economy is in crisis.
We’ve got to do everything we can to try and stabilise the economy,” he said.
Labor’s Adam Bandt said it would be “disappointing” if Labor did not have a debate on the stimulus package.
Mr Bandt told ABC Radio National that he had no plans to oppose the package if it was passed.
If the government did not pass it, Labor would not move on it, he said, and would instead push for a vote on a motion to pass it in the Parliament.
However, Labor is now looking at the stimulus bill as an opportunity to try to push the legislation through the Senate and get the government’s policies on the table.
Asked about the possible impact on his leadership of Labor members not voting for the package, Mr Rudd told reporters in Canberra that he would not be surprised if a vote was not held.
It was a matter of course to get this through, he added.
I am sure that the Coalition will be very disappointed if it does not pass the stimulus, but I will do everything I can to see that it is passed, he told reporters.
As well as a discussion about the stimulus proposal, Mr Bandt also said that Labor members should consider voting against the package because of the “dangers” that would be posed if they did not.
Biden says he’s ‘open to discussions’ with opposition Leader Mr Rudd about stimulus package, says Abbott’s economic agenda article Kevin Rudd said he was “open to” discussion with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott about the government of his party and about whether he was willing to consider introducing an economic stimulus package to help it deal with the economic crisis.
The Opposition Leader said on ABC Radio’s AM program yesterday that he did not believe the Coalition’s plan would be the best option for Australia.
In a series of comments to the ABC, Mr Abbott said that the Opposition leader would not get his way.
“[He] thinks that he can have a discussion with him about this, because that’s the way that I’m going to get to him about it,” Mr Abbott told the ABC.
So if you think about it, Kevin, he says he is open to the discussion, he is going to listen to the ideas.
He’s just not going to say no to anything, he’s not going get the economic stimulus.
He just says, ‘Well, if you want me to, I’ll go for it’.
Mr Rudd said the Opposition had “gone too far” in its criticism of the Government’s stimulus plan.
AAP/ABC NewsTopics:economics-and-finance,government-and,government,government—politics,government–united-states,australiaFirst posted November 09, 2017 09:56:59Contact Chris Hartcher
AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he will give his policies a look in the Senate next week and “really…
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