House debates

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Questions without Notice

Pensions and Benefits

2:55 pm

Photo of Mark DreyfusMark Dreyfus (Isaacs, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Attorney General) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Attorney-General. In January 2017 the Attorney-General described Labor's call to stop the illegal robodebt scheme as 'one of the dumber things I've heard'. Given the government has now agreed to pay $1.2 billion of taxpayer money to settle the claims of robodebt victims, does the Attorney-General regret that statement?

2:56 pm

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

It was the reference to it as solely the government's scheme, when Labor maintained income averaging for many years, which to me made the question appear stupid, which it still is.