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Labor’s Estimates fizzer

John Tucker, Liberal Member for Lyons

Labor’s reputation as a lazy, directionless, policy-free, fence-sitting Opposition was on show again in an Estimates week fizzer where they failed to land a blow.

Government Ministers detailed a strong budget delivering record infrastructure, health and education spending, with almost no serious scrutiny or questioning by an Opposition who hadn’t done their homework, don’t have an alternative budget and don’t seem to be across the issues or the budget itself.

Labor Members repeatedly ran out of questions early in the day and started repeating questions or asking questions in the wrong output.

I’m only new to Parliament but it seems to me a bad sign for an Opposition if you don’t have an alternative budget, can’t explain what your policies are, and can’t land a punch in budget estimates.