House debates

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Questions without Notice

Commonwealth Integrity Commission

2:53 pm

Photo of Tanya PlibersekTanya Plibersek (Sydney, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Education) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. Does the Prime Minister's model of a national anticorruption commission have the power to investigate the energy minister's use of forged documents to attack the Lord Mayor of Sydney?

The Leader of the House has the call.

Photo of Peter DuttonPeter Dutton (Dickson, Liberal Party, Minister for Defence) Share this | | Hansard source

Mr Speaker, the standing orders are very clear in relation to those sorts of baseless allegations, impugning a member of this House, and they are false allegations, unfounded, and it should be withdrawn.

I am happy to hear from the Manager of Opposition Business.

Photo of Mr Tony BurkeMr Tony Burke (Watson, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for the Arts) Share this | | Hansard source

Mr Speaker, it's been the case for quite some time that, if a minister wants to reject something within a question, they have the opportunity to do so in the answer. The question does not assert something as fact; it asks a question.

The Manager of Opposition Business will resume his seat. Standing order 100(d)(iv) talks about imputations, and certainly there's an imputation in that question. I am happy to give the questioner the opportunity to reword the question.

Photo of Tanya PlibersekTanya Plibersek (Sydney, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Education) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. Does the Prime Minister's model of a national anticorruption commission have the power to investigate the use of forged documents to attack a lord mayor?

2:55 pm

Photo of Paul FletcherPaul Fletcher (Bradfield, Liberal Party, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts) Share this | | Hansard source

I thank the Prime Minister for the opportunity to respond to the question asked by the member for Sydney. Our model will deal with allegations of serious criminal corruption at the Commonwealth level. That is what our model will do. It's a well-developed, serious, substantiated model, and if the opposition were serious about engaging in it—

The member for Cooper is warned.

Photo of Paul FletcherPaul Fletcher (Bradfield, Liberal Party, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts) Share this | | Hansard source

if the opposition were serious about tackling the risk and challenge of—

suspected serious criminal corruption at the Commonwealth level—

The member for Moreton is warned.

Photo of Paul FletcherPaul Fletcher (Bradfield, Liberal Party, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts) Share this | | Hansard source

they would engage seriously with this government on what we've put, on the full text, the 349 pages of legislation which have been out there for many months, rather than engage in a series of political stunts. One side of this House is genuine and serious minded about engaging on the issue of suspected Commonwealth criminal corruption. One side of this House has a detailed exposure draft of legislation which is out there, ready to go. The other side of this House is sitting on its hands doing nothing. Those opposite need to take a good hard look at themselves.