Question Time Ahead of Time: Post-Budget Day

The budget we all knew was coming and was practically announced before it was formally read out in parliament last night has now passed and today is the day when the Gillard Government will sell the package as a a whole and the Opposition forensically analyse the detail. Question Time will play a big part in that sell for the government and for the Coalition it must be a time to test the government on both spending priorities, cuts and those sneaky deferrals that have been made overnight.

The Coalition will almost certainly not focus all its questions on items from the budget papers, but put up a mix of previously broached subjects as well as mixing those with questions on the budget.

To that end, the Coalition will almost certainly place a focus on the Craig Thomson issue which, despite the budget, continues to be a feature of the day, thanks in large part to the Fair Work Australia report findings that Mr Thomson must answer to a  list of allegations.

The Liberal and National Party Coalition would quite possibly also ask questions on the allegations surrounding the Speaker, Peter Slipper, especially after attempts yesterday on the floor of the House of Representatives to replace him in the chair with the previous Speaker, Harry Jenkins.

However, the budget will probably be the major focus of the Opposition during the session of Question Time today. Expect to see questions on the purported surplus, the spending and deferrals which cast doubt upon the forecast surplus actually achieving its real end.

The lack of business assistance will likely also be put to the government.

For the ALP Government, the focus will be on the social spending programs that have been announced as much as it will be trying to convince the public that the budget will actually finish in surplus by the end of fiscal year 2012-13, a slightly easier task than convincing the parliament.

Undoubtedly, as previous statements have done, the government will focus on talking up the National Disability Insurance Scheme, which now has a monetary figure attached to it: $1 billion over 4 years.

A further focus will also likely be other social spending areas in the budget which includes education payments which will now be directly paid into the accounts of eligible families, a new aged care allocation and an increase to some families in Family Tax Benefit A.

Today will also be the second day with Deputy Speaker Anna Burke occupying the Speaker’s chair during Question Time and looks set to be a noisy one for all involved and Standing Order 94a will probably get quite a workout.

It all begins from 2pm AEST.

About Tom Bridge

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Posted on May 9, 2012, in Federal Politics and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. the opposition will also bring the debate back to the carbon tax I suspect. They’ll probably claim that the budget is fudged to compensate for the unnecessary “big bad” tax.

  2. Haha. That’s cool. It was a good post. I quite like your blog. I have no idea how you find the time to write so many posts though 😛

    • Glad you enjoy it. I’m trying to make something of my writing. Have had a few pieces published here and there. Most posts don’t take any longer than a couple of hours.

  3. nice. I’ll add you to my blogroll – it probably won’t help you much because of my modest readership, but you might get a few extra views. Check out http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/. They do it better than anyone I have seen so are a good blog to emulate.

    • Mine has modest (though growing) stats. Have been known to have the odd gander at that. When I work out how to do the blogroll thing I will reply in kind (Technologically illiterate)

      • Haha. No worries. If your super keen, I just googled it and WordPress have heaps of info and stuff. I guess it depends on the extent of your illiteracy 😛

      • So did I and I tried. But I failed because I’m uber illiterate. Will keep trying though. Working on the Question Time post for tomorrow.

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