House debates

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Questions without Notice

Workplace Relations

3:15 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. I refer to his previous answers where he has suggested that the changes he's proposing in this bill to the Better Off Overall Test, under section 19, will not result in any pay cut for workers. If that is the case, will he now guarantee that no worker will be worse off as a result of this legislation?

3:16 pm

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

That section doesn't change the Better Off Overall Test. What you do find, however, is that there is an inverse relationship between leadership tensions and truth in questioning on the other side. The higher the leadership tensions go, the less plausible, the more grasping, the less true the questions become. But what is really interesting is that we as a government are focused on better outcomes; they're focused on bigger outrage—and what really gets interesting is when you can't even rally the outrage properly. You can't even manage a fear campaign at the moment, your leadership is so weak.