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Question time in federal parliament

AAP logoAAP 13/10/2016

QUESTION TIME IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT

WHAT WE LEARNED

* The Australian Taxation Office's international division, which chases multinational tax avoidance, is much larger now than it was under Labor, Revenue Minister Kelly O'Dwyer claimed.

* The Australian Federal Police has signed a memorandum of understanding to work more closely with Singaporean law enforcement authorities about tackling trans-national and organised crime, particularly the multi-national organised crime syndicates that smuggle drugs into Australia, Justice Minister Michael Keenan told MPs.

* The government's revamped VET loans will put an end to taxpayer funding of diplomas in flower essence therapy, and advanced diplomas of classical yoga practice, Social Services Minister Christian Porter revealed.

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN

We're getting on with the job of delivering a national economic plan that boosts growth and jobs, and improves the living standards of every Australian and secures the future for our children and our grandchildren.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

Why hasn't the government lifted its six-year freeze on increases to the Medicare rebate?

THEY SAID WHAT

"What exactly does a minister have to do to get the sack in your government?- Shorten asks Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull following another government blunder on the floor of parliament.

"We won't begrudge him his small pleasures but we will get on with the job of governing for all Australians." - The PM responds.

TWEETED

@Phillip Coorey: Of the 15 blokes on govt frontbench this question time, 10 wearing RMs. #uselessfacts.

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