Senate debates

Monday, 19 June 2017

Questions without Notice

Schools

2:01 pm

Photo of Penny WongPenny Wong (SA, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister representing the Prime Minister, Senator Brandis. Yesterday it was revealed that the Turnbull government's own documents, reportedly provided to the Senate crossbench, indicate that Catholic schools stand to lose $4.6 billion under the government's education package. One Liberal MP has told The Australian that:

It leaves me with a very sour taste in my mouth. I'm wondering if Minister Birmingham deliberately misled the partyroom when he gave his briefing.

I ask the minister: did Minister Birmingham mislead the coalition party room, or were coalition MPs and senators fully aware that under the government's package Catholic schools stood to lose $4.6 billion?

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