House debates

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Questions without Notice

Minister for Finance, Government Procurement

3:00 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. I refer to the Prime Minister's previous answer. Did the government use the same processes that it followed when it gave an almost half-a-billion-dollar contract to the secretive Paladin Group, that it followed when it gifted almost half a billion dollars to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and that it is following in the tender for the government's privatisation of visa processing, where one of the tenderers is a company run by a friend of the Prime Minister?

3:01 pm

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

The member for Rankin's got his hand so deep in that chum bucket now it will be smelling and smelling and smelling for weeks! I know the member the Rankin has been looking very, very cocky lately because the member for McMahon, the weakest link in the Labor Party, has been under siege. No-one's happier than the member for Rankin for the member for McMahon's failures when it comes to his taxation policies that the member for Goldstein and the committee and the Treasurer have been exposing. I refer the member to the comments by the secretary of the Department of Home Affairs on the matters that he has raised. He can go and look that up for himself, and he should take his hand out the chum bucket.