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Bob Day wants entire departments shut down


South Australian Family First Senator Bob Day has advocated closing the federal departments of health and education to save money.

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He says there’s too much duplication between the commonwealth and the states and the federal government doesn’t run schools or hospitals.

“Those who spend the money should have to raise the money. That’s the problem, the federal government raises all the money and the states go and spend it and they like that cosy arrangement but it doesn’t work,” Day told 891 ABC radio on Wednesday.

“All it does is leave massive debts for our children and grandchildren.”

Day also took aim at government spending in other areas, including advertising and criticised the Coalition, Labor and the Greens over their big election promises.

His comments drew an immediate response from SA Greens Senator Rob Simms who described the Family First MP as out of touch.

“How this radical plan (to close down federal departments) would be in the interest of families is beyond me,” Simms said.

The Greens Senator also challenged Senator Day to a debate ahead of the July 2 election.

He said the final Senate seat in SA was likely to come down to a battle between him and the Family First candidate.


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