Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Questions without Notice
Commonwealth Integrity Commission
My question is to the Prime Minister. The 2022 parliamentary calendar of the Morrison-Joyce government has in practice only 10 sitting days for the House and five for the Senate before August. Doesn't this show the Prime Minister has no intention of establishing a federal anti-corruption commission before the election?
The Leader of the Opposition knows full well that we have 349 pages of legislation and $150 million committed to this measure. All it would take is for the Labor Party to support it, which they don't. They have a two-page policy. We have a 349-page set of legislation. If they wished to support it, we would welcome that.
But I'm asked also about the parliamentary calendar, which I know is a topic that the Leader of the Opposition has been taking a keen interest in. The Leader of the Opposition may not be aware that, in order to prepare a budget next year, the normal practice is to ensure there are a set number of weeks for the preparation of that budget before the budget is delivered. As the Leader of the Opposition may not be aware, in order to prepare a budget next year the normal practice is to ensure there are a set number of weeks before the preparation of that budget and before the budget is delivered. I have personally delivered three budgets as Treasurer and three budgets as Prime Minister, and I have served seven years on the Expenditure Review Committee. I can understand why the Leader of the Opposition would be unfamiliar with the time taken to prepare a budget, because he's never delivered one. There are people who have been serving refreshments in the Expenditure Review Committee longer than this person, the Leader of the Opposition, spent in that chamber.
Our government knows how important the economic recovery for this country is as we emerge from the pandemic. We have the economic management experience to ensure that we secure that recovery. Last year's budget set out once again the further iteration of that economic recovery plan—the economic recovery plan that has already seen 217,000 Australians currently in trade apprenticeships and training right now, which is the highest level on record since 1963.
Mr Speaker, the point of order is on relevance. The question was about an anticorruption commission and whether the government has any intention of introducing and dealing with that legislation prior to the next election.
That economic recovery, as we go into next year and we do the preparations for next years budget, will continue to support measures that keep Australians in work. Under our government, there are a million Australians who are working in manufacturing today. I was in Adelaide on Friday when I met former Holden workers now working in manufacturing again, in the medical industry.
Mr Speaker, you ruled before that the Prime Minister would be in order if he was talking about the parliamentary calendar or the anticorruption commission. I don't see how this is either, or even close to either.
You've already made the point on relevance. The Manager of Opposition Business will resume his seat. The Prime Minister will be relevant to the question.
I can understand why the member for Watson also does not understand why it is relevant that you need to set a calendar which enables you to bring down a budget that is absolutely critical to the economic recovery of this country. Those opposite don't understand budgets. They don't understand economic management, and the Australian people do not trust them on economic management. That's why, when they look at these things, all they see the parliament for is an opportunity to come in here and play their little parliamentary games.