House debates

Monday, 24 February 2020

Questions without Notice

Morrison Government

3:01 pm

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

My question is to the Prime Minister. So far in this parliament the Prime Minister has used his numbers to shut down debate with me on 42 occasions. If the Prime Minister is so confident of his position, will he agree to a climate change debate at the National Press Club before the climate change conference in Glasgow this year?

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

It's all about you, Albo; isn't it, mate? It's all about you. We come to this place and all the Leader of the Opposition can complain about is that he can't get his 15 minutes of fame. What an indulgent Leader of the Opposition! If you want to sit in this chair, you've got to put the Australian people first, not put yourself first and worry about how much airtime you're getting. The problem with the Leader of the Opposition is that is so focused on the bubble politics of Canberra, and all of this, that he even forgets his own record. This is how many closures he moved when he was sitting on the government side—44 in 2008; 33 in 2009; 18 in 2010; 11 in 2011, and they didn't even have the numbers then; 33 in 2012; and 13 in 2016. That's 152. There will be debates before the next election and, if you can last long enough to see me there, I'll see you there!