Monday, 30 August 2021
Questions without Notice
Question to the Prime Minister: the Prime Minister said that he supports the premiers in the work they do to save this country, to save lives and to save livelihoods. Why, then, did the Prime Minister support Clive Palmer's High Court case to tear down Western Australia's borders, and why is it reported that the New South Wales Premier regards him as an 'evil bully'?
The member must be misinformed, because the Commonwealth did not pursue that case, and it is erroneous to suggest that that is what the government did. The government did not pursue that case at all. We did not pursue that case. The Labor Party continues to push this falsehood around the country, as they have a habit of doing. The each-way position of the Labor Party, across the pandemic, is there for all to see. They support the plan; they don't support the plan. They do support the plan; they don't support the plan. They support JobKeeper; they're opposed to JobKeeper.
The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat. I'll just say to the Leader of the Opposition: he's got into the habit of using a point of order to not only ask the question again but now even ask additional questions. So if he wants to ask an additional question he can do that. That's what question time is for. The Prime Minister has the call, and he does need to be relevant to the question, but I'm not discounting the fact that the original question did have some political commentary and, at the heart of it, an accusation. The Prime Minister has the call.
I'll restate what I said at the commencement of my answer: what the Labor Party is putting about is not true. We did not pursue that case. That is not what occurred. For the opposition, for the Labor Party, to peddle untruth is something I've become used to with this Leader of the Opposition and the Labor Party.