House debates

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Questions without Notice

Great Barrier Reef Foundation

2:50 pm

Photo of Terri ButlerTerri Butler (Griffith, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Assistant Minister for Preventing Family Violence) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to the Prime Minister's previous answers and also to the minister's previous answer. Is the Prime Minister aware that guests at the chairman's panel weekend were warned that, 'There will be no buggy parking at the helipad'? Every day, this almost half a billion dollar lump sum payment becomes increasingly ridiculous. When will the Prime Minister demand the funds be returned so that they can be properly managed by government agencies?

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

The Leader of the House on a point of order.

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

Mr Speaker, the member—

Opposition members interjecting

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

The member prefaced her question by referring to the Prime Minister's previous answer. The Prime Minister didn't answer the question; it was answered by another minister. It's clearly out of order.

Photo of Mr Tony BurkeMr Tony Burke (Watson, Australian Labor Party, Manager of Opposition Business (House)) Share this | | Hansard source

The question also referred to the minister's previous answers. If the Leader of the House is wanting to claim that the Prime Minister hasn't given answers today, that's his business.

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

I'm going to be very generous. The Leader of the House makes an inarguable point. The Prime Minister did not answer a question on the matter. He may have been asked one, and he referred it to the minister for the environment. So, I'll allow the member for Griffith a chance to rephrase the question.

Photo of Terri ButlerTerri Butler (Griffith, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Assistant Minister for Preventing Family Violence) Share this | | Hansard source

That's kind of you, Mr Speaker.

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

I suspect—I'm sorry?

Photo of Terri ButlerTerri Butler (Griffith, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Assistant Minister for Preventing Family Violence) Share this | | Hansard source

I said it's very kind of you, Mr Speaker.

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

Thank you. That's okay. I thought you said something else.

Honourable members interjecting

Okay. Let me be blunt. I'm being generous. I'll give you a chance to rephrase it, because I suspect you're suffering from the fact that it was drafted before question time.

Photo of Terri ButlerTerri Butler (Griffith, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Assistant Minister for Preventing Family Violence) Share this | | Hansard source

Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to the earlier answer. Is the Prime Minister aware that guests at the chairman's panel weekend were warned that, 'There will be no buggy parking at the helipad'? Every day, this almost half a billion dollar lump sum payment becomes increasingly ridiculous. When will the Prime Minister demand the funds be returned so that they can be properly managed by government agencies?

2:53 pm

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

I refer the honourable member to the previous answer by the Minister for the Environment and Energy. I can understand—

Ms Butler interjecting

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

The member for Griffith will cease interjecting.

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

I can understand the shock of unfamiliarity that the member has to learn that members of the chairman's panel, according to the statement from the foundation, paid for their own accommodation.

Ms Butler interjecting

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

The member for Griffith!

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

That would fly in the face of many great traditions of the Labor Party, not least that practised by the Leader of the Opposition, whose latest reef trip was paid for by Geoffrey Cousins.