House debates

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Questions without Notice

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction

2:13 pm

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is again addressed to the Prime Minister. What actions is he taking, given the Strike Force Garrad investigation into the minister for emissions reduction and given his Statement of Ministerial Standards says, 'Ministers must accept that it is for the Prime Minister to decide whether and when a minister should stand aside if that minister becomes the subject of an official investigation of alleged illegal or improper conduct'? That's 7.1, Prime Minister. What are you going to do to implement it?

2:14 pm

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

This is a very recent matter, and I will be happy to take advice from the New South Wales police in relation to any matters that they're pursuing.

Opposition Members:

Opposition members interjecting

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

I will be taking advice from the New South Wales police on any matter that they are currently looking at, and I will form a view, based on taking that advice, in considering these issues. I would only note this, Mr Speaker—

Ms Butler interjecting

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

And the Leader of the Opposition may want to reflect on the standard that he is setting. I would simply note this: if there are any questions ever being raised in any such investigations by any member sitting on that bench—well, he has clearly set a standard.

Ms Butler interjecting

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

The member for Griffith is warned. The Leader of the Opposition?

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to table the Australian government's Statement of Ministerial Standards.

Leave not granted.