House debates

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Questions without Notice

Prime Minister

2:31 pm

Photo of Mark ButlerMark Butler (Hindmarsh, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. Did the Prime Minister or his office brief Phil Coorey of the Financial Review that 'Morrison reported back to the House that he was not standing Taylor aside, basically because Fuller told him the investigation was not much more than a phone call to Moore's office'?

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

I refer the member to my response that I tabled in this House as to the nature of my call with the commissioner of police, and I refer them also to the statements made by the commissioner about the contents of that call.

That is the 64th time, I think, that those opposite have asked questions about this matter. That is four times the number of questions they have asked on drought and drought policy in this chamber since the election. It's more questions than they have asked on the economy. It's more than they've asked on child care. They've asked two questions on national security, three on education and six on health, but 64 on this matter.

Do you know what it says about the Leader of the Opposition? He's more interested in the political games of Canberra than he is in the real issues that the people of Australia voted for us to focus on, and we're totally focused on those. I'm not distracted by the desperate political games of the Leader of the Opposition. The Leader of the Opposition would rather be the Manager of Opposition Business than the Prime Minister, because he'd rather engage himself in all the silly little games and tantrums and sooking and sulking that we have seen from this Leader of the Opposition. But all of that comes to naught when you compare it with the depth of the tactics he stooped to today by silencing a veteran of this country.

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

Is the Leader of the Opposition seeking to table a document?

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

Yes, Mr Speaker. I seek leave to table the Hansard that shows that the member for Herbert was talking about NAIF—Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility—and attacking the Palaszczuk government, not talking about—

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

The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat.

Opposition members interjecting

The member for Scullin.

Opposition members interjecting

Members on my left! The member for Macnamara and the member for Burt. I'm going to ask the Leader of the Opposition to resume his seat for a second. I get to have a say every now and again. I understand the point the Leader of the Opposition's trying to make, but I'm not going to allow Hansard to be tabled. There is nothing more accessible than Hansard, as the Leader of the Opposition has shown. The Leader of the House is seeking the call?

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

On this occasion we'd probably be willing to provide leave to table Hansard, given that what the member said was 'and then I'll talk on this bill as well as suicide prevention'. So table away.

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

The Leader of the Opposition can resume his seat. Sorry, I don't think anyone was listening. I'm not having Hansard tabled; you've all got it. Okay? Do you want me to table the blue again? You've all got it. So you can play your game, but I'm not.