House debates

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Questions without Notice

Government Procurement

2:44 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. Today the Attorney-General said in relation to the tender of government travel covering the US embassy: 'Well, I understand that they were unsuccessful in that tender.' How can the Attorney-General know this and publicly declare it when the tender has not been completed? Has the government been seeking information on the tender as it progresses instead of keeping it at arm's length?

Photo of Christian PorterChristian Porter (Pearce, Liberal Party, Attorney-General) Share this | | Hansard source

It is just an error. I have no knowledge about the contract.

Opposition Members:

Opposition members interjecting

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

Members on my left!