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Question time in federal parliament

AAP logoAAP 31/08/2016


WHAT WE LEARNED * The detailed superannuation plan the coalition took to the July 2 election is still the government's policy, notwithstanding consultations about its implementation. * Australia's beef cattle industry has never seen better times than now under a coalition government, insisted Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. Dairy cows didn't rate a mention. * Government debt of $430 billion now grows by $6 billion every month, Treasurer Scott Morrison revealed. * PM dismissed as having "no basis" a claim that he and the treasurer were rolled by cabinet colleagues on reining in tax breaks for property investors, aka negative gearing. * Just in case you didn't hear the PM for an umpteenth time: The government has no plans to change Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, no matter what a group of coalition backbenchers is proposing.

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN We cannot keep on living beyond our means. For how long are we going to live on the credit cards of our children and grandchildren?

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT Given the PM's failure to get his way on superannuation and negative gearing, failure to implement lessons learned about cutting Medicare and to hold back the right-wing of his party on racial discrimination, when will he start leading his party, not following his party?

THEY SAID WHAT "They should build a statue of him outside the barristers' chambers." PM taunts Bill Shorten over the Labor leader's call for a royal commission into bank misconduct.

"I've got news for you, when the whistle has blown and you're on the wrong side of the scoreboard or the wrong side of this house, you lost the election, buddy." Morrison tells Shorten.

"There goes the member for Warringah (Tony Abbott). I didn't like what he stood for, but at least he stood for something. I am ashamed we have a coward for a leader." Shorten returns fire.


Seven million of North Queensland's 100 million hectares is now infested with prickly acacia - regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts. What was the government doing about controlling it, independent MP Bob Katter asked Barnaby Joyce.

HA, HA! Even Labor MPs had a quiet laugh when Barnaby Joyce mused about Sam Dastyari's "novel form of crowd funding". The Labor senator is under fire for accepting financial support from a Chinese donor with close links to Beijing.

TWEETED @SwannyQLD: "This Prince from Point Piper has always had trouble covering his disdain and contempt for ordinary people."

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