House debates

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions without Notice


3:09 pm

Photo of Richard MarlesRichard Marles (Corio, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Defence) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Attorney-General. Why is it that, when it comes to a criminal investigation into one of his own ministers, the Attorney-General has publicly dismissed the investigation, but, when it comes to the criminal investigation of journalists, he sits back and does nothing?

3:10 pm

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

Ironically, who was it who wrote to the Prime Minister seeking the investigation into the matter pursuant to which a warrant was issued at a journalist?

A government member: Who was it?

Who was it? The shadow Attorney. You could basically ask the question, 'Who was it who referred it?' and, one out of three times, it would be the shadow Attorney-General. Of course, we've noted eight from zero. Do you know that the absolute world record number of test ducks in a row is five? Eight ducks in a row, but he's still batting on the team, and he shouldn't be.