Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Questions without Notice
Member for Chisholm
My question is to the Prime Minister. When Sam Dastyari failed to support the bipartisan position on the South China Sea, the Prime Minister said, 'Sam Dastyari has been caught betraying his country, and that means he is betraying—
Mr Tim Wilson interjecting—
My question is to the Prime Minister. When Sam Dastyari failed to support the bipartisan position on the South China Sea, the Prime Minister said:
Sam Dastyari has been caught betraying his country and that means he's betraying every patriotic Australian in this country.
Does the Prime Minister stand by that statement and the standard it sets? Will the Prime Minister apply this test to the member for Chisholm?
I thank the member for his question. I refer the member to the statement issued by the member for Chisholm today, which makes very clear her support for the government's position. That's what she had sought—
Honourable members interjecting—
I refer the member to her statement, which makes it very clear about her support for the government's position and the long-standing position we have taken in relation to those matters. What the member has raised with me is the conduct of former senator Sam Dastyari. What he will remember about Senator Sam Dastyari is that not only was he a shadow minister in the executive of the opposition at that time, he seems to forget the fact that money changed hands between the then Senator Sam Dastyari—money changed hands!—and his position was bought by that, with a loan to pay off his legal expenses, and he was caught in his own web of corruption. He should have resigned and he did.