House debates

Monday, 2 May 2016

Questions without Notice

Secretary-General of the United Nations

3:05 pm

Photo of Tanya PlibersekTanya Plibersek (Sydney, Australian Labor Party, Deputy Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister join with the opposition today on a bipartisan basis and support the nomination of an Australian candidate for the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations?

Photo of Malcolm TurnbullMalcolm Turnbull (Wentworth, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

There are 24 million Australians, and what the honourable member has omitted to mention is the name of the person she is actually proposing. I suspect it is somebody whose deficiencies she has set out in great detail at various times. In the event of this matter becoming a live one, certainly the cabinet will consider it and give it due attention.