Senate debates

Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Questions without Notice

Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories

2:55 pm

Photo of Penny WongPenny Wong (SA, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

I thank the senator for the question. Obviously I have been here, so I haven't listened to every word that has been uttered in the other place. With all due respect to my senatorial colleague, I am not necessarily going to take as read her assertion about what has been said. But I will make the point that the opposition, in their attack on this, are seeking that this government uphold a standard that they never did. You never did it in government and never in opposition.

The reality is that we have strengthened the ministerial code of conduct so that ministers are not able to hold shares or blind trusts. If you had this standard in government, would you like to know who would be in breach? The Leader of the Opposition would be in breach, the Leader of the National Party would be in breach, the Shadow Treasurer would be in breach and the Manager of Opposition Business would be in breach.


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