House debates

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Statements by Members

Liberal Party Leadership

1:51 pm

Photo of Stephen JonesStephen Jones (Whitlam, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government) Share this | | Hansard source

The coalition parties are focused on the wrong jobs. We've got the former Minister for Border Protection, who we discover has been double-jobbing, after the Prime Minister's job. We've got the Minister for Health, who wants the deputy leader's job. We've got the Treasurer, who can't do his own job and wants to determine who has the Prime Minister's job. We've got the former Deputy Prime Minister, who wants the new Deputy Prime Minister's job. We've got the former Prime Minister, who wants a better job. We've got the Minister for Human Services, the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security, the Minister for Law Enforcement, the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, the Minister for International Development and the Pacific and the Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation, who don't want to do their own jobs. Then we've got the Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability, who does a good job but, because of the inaction of the Prime Minister, is about to lose her job.

It's absolutely true that over the last week it's been clear that nobody is doing their job and it's time for this Prime Minister to go to the Governor-General and let the Australian people do their job, because we've got real problems in this country, but it's quite clear this government is focusing on none of them. Changing the Prime Minister is going to do nothing about it. We're still going to have a dodgy NBN. We're still going to have a chronic problem with long-term youth unemployment. We're still going to have kids who can't get into TAFE and universities. We're still going to have people who can't pay their power bills, with no action from this government. It's time for them to step up and do their job. (Time expired)