Treasurer sidesteps leadership challenge question by claiming he's prepared for the worst
Treasurer Scott Morrison has dismissed a question about his future with the Coalition, which he says has grown a lot since he was chief minister.
Mr Morrison's answer came in an interview with ABC news in which he said his priority was to get through the electio구미출장안마n and to win a Labor Government.
"I don't have an agenda as to when I'm going to retire, I am ready for the worst and the worst is coming for this government," Mr Morrison said.
"I am ready for it to collapse in the next term."
The Treasurer responded to Mr Abbott's claim it had grown from six months before he took up his position to about 15 months since, which is a "significant number", despite saying he had had a "significant amount" of time to reflect.
"I'm confident that the public sees me as a candidate from that campaign and I believe I have the confidence that they will see me as they see the candidates," he said.
In its annual state of the state report published on Saturday, the ABS said Queenslanders voted on whether or not Mr Abbott had improved Queensland's public finances, and a majority decided to cut government spending.
The state's deficit is down to A$26.2 million in 2016 and is expected to decline to A$13 million in 2019 and A$10 million in 2020.
The ABS said its latest state of state report showed Queenslanders supported the budget and their overall economy in 2015, up by 0.5 percentage points to 66 per cent for people aged 18 to 49 and up by 0.8 percentage points to 77 per cent in the 18-49 age group and up by 0.1 percentage points to 79 per cent of Queenslanders.모바일 카지노
Mr Morrison said he was confident in his leadership, but needed to "reflect on the imp바카라act of these decisions."
He also dismissed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's claim this Government was facing the "flesh-and-blood equivalent of the Great Depression and the banking crisis" as "baseless".
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