House debates

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Questions without Notice

Deputy Prime Minister

2:59 pm

Photo of Madeleine KingMadeleine King (Brand, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Trade) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. I refer to his answer yesterday regarding comments by the Western Australian Nationals leader about his ability to work with the women of regional Australia. How can the Deputy Prime Minister do his job as regional development minister when so many regional women who know him well object to him holding high office?

3:00 pm

Photo of Barnaby JoyceBarnaby Joyce (New England, National Party, Leader of the Nationals) Share this | | Hansard source

I thank the honourable member for her question, and I return to my answers of yesterday. I acknowledge that, in a whole range of areas, there are people who may dislike me and there are people who like me. That's part of politics. I'm sure there are blokes who dislike me as well. That is part of life, but, as we go through life, we always try to learn from our mistakes and become a better person.