Debt and Deficit Claims

Fact Check zombie: Julie Bishop’s record debt and deficit claim wrong again

Updated about 2 hours ago

As Australia heads towards a possible double dissolution election on July 2, Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop has sought to attack Labor’s economic record.

“We’ve never seen such record levels of debt and deficit as were bequeathed to us by the former Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Government, and Bill Shorten was part of all of that,” she told Sky News on April 19.

It’s not the first time Ms Bishop has made this claim.

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VIDEO: Watch John Barron award Julie Bishop the golden zombie in our wrap-up of fact checking in 2015. (ABC News)

She also made it in early 2015, when she referred to the Abbott government’s budget legacy from the previous Labor administration as “the worst set of financial accounts inherited by any incoming government in Australia’s history”.

Fact Check found that claim to be wrong, but Ms Bishop has continued to repeat it.



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