House debates

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Questions without Notice

Assistant Treasurer

2:57 pm

Photo of Chris BowenChris Bowen (McMahon, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Treasurer) Share this | | Hansard source

Madam Speaker, my question is to the Prime Minister. Given the government's budget is in shambles and given Sunday will mark 200 days since the Assistant Treasurer was stood down, when will the Prime Minister finally announce a new Assistant Treasurer because the Treasurer clearly needs all the help he can get?

Photo of Tony AbbottTony Abbott (Warringah, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

Senator Mathias Cormann is doing an outstanding job in that particular role. I do look forward, depending upon the outcome of the ICAC investigation in New South Wales, to the return of Senator Sinodinos, but, Madam Speaker, we have a very strong economic team. And after six years of shambles and chaos, after six years of debt and deficit and disaster, thank God we do have a strong economic team.