House debates

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Questions without Notice

Commonwealth Integrity Commission

2:03 pm

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

My question is again to the Prime Minister. A majority of Australians and a majority of their representatives in this House of Representatives want an anticorruption commission now. Why has the Prime Minister refused to act for more than 1,000 days?

2:04 pm

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

The legislation we have released sets out our plan for such a commission. It's been out there for some time. Those opposite oppose it. They don't support our plan for the Commonwealth Integrity Commission. They oppose it. Our legislation is out there for you all to see. If the opposition wish to support the legislation then they should do so and we can legislate. But those opposite do not support our law to introduce a Commonwealth integrity commission.

Instead, those opposite want to support the sort of show we've seen in New South Wales, which has seen the most shameful attacks on the former Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian. The people of New South Wales know that what was done to Gladys Berejiklian was an absolute disgrace. I'm not going to allow that sort of a process, which seeks to publicly humiliate people on matters that have nothing to do with the issues which go before such a commission, to see those powers abused and to traduce the integrity of people like Gladys Berejiklian. The Australian people know that the former Premier of New South Wales was done over by a bad process and an abuse of process. I'm not going to have a kangaroo court taken into this parliament.

Photo of Andrew WallaceAndrew Wallace (Fisher, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

The Prime Minister will resume his seat. The member for Shortland is warned. The Prime Minister has the call.

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

These matters should be looking at criminal conduct, not who your boyfriend is. That's what it should be. These things should be looking at criminal conduct. Those opposite know all about criminal conduct, because too many of their colleagues in the New South Wales parliament have ended up in prison. Criminal conduct is what this should look at, not chasing down peoples' love lives.