Senate debates

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Questions without Notice

Prime Minister

2:16 pm

Photo of Simon BirminghamSimon Birmingham (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Finance) Share this | Hansard source

Indeed Mr Morrison did address those issues, as I said in my primary answer, when he stood in the House yesterday afternoon. Of course, those opposite—predictably, and as I thought might be the case—are seeking as always to play the man. Their ambition is to play the man and not the ball. Their ambition is to make sure that they get to run the grubbiest and most personal election campaign possible, without any resort on their part to policies, to values or to any of the types of things that might actually be to the benefit of the Australian people.

We can see this in terms of the tactics the Labor Party are playing, day in and day out. We can hear the talking points in every interview that comes along. Every time one of them is up there—and it's usually not Mr Albanese, because they keep him in a box somewhere, but whenever any of the rest of them are up there—they of course all have their scripted attacks. Each of them goes straight to the personal, straight to trying to besmirch the Prime Minister and straight to trying to make sure that they undermine him in whatever way they possibly can. That's the type of grubbiness we no doubt will see from those opposite from now until polling day. (Time expired)


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