House debates

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Questions without Notice

Member for Dobell

2:03 pm

Photo of Tony AbbottTony Abbott (Warringah, Liberal Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

In light of the member for Dobell's resignation as chairman of the House Standing Committee on Economics due to a New South Wales police investigation I ask the Prime Minister: does the member still have her complete confidence?

Photo of Julia GillardJulia Gillard (Lalor, Australian Labor Party, Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

In answer to the Leader of the Opposition's question, I have made many statements about that in this House. I stand by every one of them but what I am not going to stand for is the Leader of the Opposition in his question verballing and his presumptions about the motivations of the member for Dobell in determining to resign from the chairpersonship of a committee. I refer the Leader of the Opposition to the statement he made, which was about the best workings of that committee.