House debates

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Questions without Notice

Minister for Finance

2:55 pm

Photo of Jim ChalmersJim Chalmers (Rankin, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Special Minister of State (House)) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. On 16 August 2017, the Minister for Finance signed off on the brief I have here about awarding a multimillion-dollar whole-of-government contract to a subsidiary of Helloworld. Can the Prime Minister guarantee to this House that the awarding of this contract involved no conflicts?

2:56 pm

Photo of Scott MorrisonScott Morrison (Cook, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

I refer the member to the Minister for Finance's statement to the Committee on Finance and Public Administration and its media release today, and I table that release, which goes to the issue that the member has raised. But I make this point: you always know when Labor's in trouble, because they go to the bottom of the chum bucket, as usual. They've got the drawer over there—the low drawer, the one right down the bottom. When this leader of the Labor Party is in trouble, when he's under pressure, whether it's because of his failed decision and his weakness on border protection or because of the fact that he wants to put $200 million of higher taxes on Australians and he's been caught out by the excellent work of the Treasurer and the member for Goldstein and the other members of the House Committee on Economics, what do Labor do? They go to that bottom drawer and they start chucking the mud. You always know when Labor are in trouble when they start slinging the mud.