House debates

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Statements by Members

Morrison Government

1:53 pm

Photo of Tim WattsTim Watts (Gellibrand, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications) Share this | | Hansard source

It's the second day of the second week of this tired third-term government, and we're already seeing just how threadbare their agenda is. What is the government's agenda in this place this week? It's confected political wedges on drought, confected political wedges on national security and confected political wedges on the trade union movement and on asylum seekers. I suppose that is better than their agenda in the Senate this week—last night they ran out of any legislation to debate whatsoever.

After this sitting period, what will those opposite have achieved for the voters who sent them here? Nothing. They won't have improved their healthcare or their education opportunities. They won't have improved their prospects of getting a job or pay rise. They won't have made a contribution to the fight against climate change. All they will have to show for a fortnight's work is headlines for journalists interested in the theatre of political tactics. Those opposite haven't yet realised that the election campaign is over. The Australian public deserves better, and the Australian Labor Party is up for a better. Anytime those opposite want to stop campaigning and start governing, we'll be here as constructive partners in this parliament, because we're here to serve the Australian public. That's the side that we're on.