House debates

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Questions without Notice

Government Advertising

3:05 pm

Photo of Brendan O'ConnorBrendan O'Connor (Gorton, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to recent budget leaks which have confirmed the Prime Minister will splash taxpayers' cash for a massive election advertising campaign. Given that the Prime Minister has been caught out spending taxpayer money on the eve of an election before, gifting $10 million in federal grant money for his Point Piper neighbour and Liberal donor's discredited cloud-seeding scheme in 2007, will the Prime Minister commit to no taxpayer-funded election advertising campaign between now and the election writs being issued?

Photo of Christopher PyneChristopher Pyne (Sturt, Liberal Party, Leader of the House) Share this | | Hansard source

Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. The government has been very tolerant of the opposition's wide questions, but, quite frankly, this is a question full of assertions, speculation and made up stories and therefore has no place being asked, and I suggest that we move on.

Photo of Tony SmithTony Smith (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

I thank the Leader of the House. The very last sentence of the question was in order, in relation to government advertising.

3:06 pm

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

I thank the honourable member for his question and the entirely false premise upon which it is based, and he will simply have to await events.