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Question time in federal parliament

AAP logoAAP 1/12/2016

QUESTION TIME IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT

WHAT WE LEARNED

* The government does not support mandated levels of biofuels in petrol now in place in NSW and Queensland , Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said in response to a question from independent MP Bob Katter.

* Bill Shorten is guilty of truthiness- a satirical term used by US comedian Stephen Colbert where people say things which are sort of true but not really true - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told MPs of the opposition leader's claim farmers were backing Labor's plan for a 13 per cent backpacker tax.

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN

Here on the last day of the parliament in 2016, we are delivering on our national economic plan.

WHO LABOR WANTED TO PURSUE

The PM has been willing to back down on everything he has ever believed in. Why doesn't he back down on the backpacker tax and fix this mess before parliament rises today.

THEY SAID WHAT

"Keep your lips together and don't move them, just for five minutes." - Speaker Tony Smith chides Labor's Ed Husic.

"The prime minister should be able to make three minutes on his own achievements." - Labor's Tony Burke makes a point of order about relevance.

"Do you honestly believe in the Australian Labor Party - the party of shearers, the party of farmers? Do you honestly believe that it is morally right that a person from Paris is going to have a tax advantage over Australian workers? Do you honestly believe that?" - Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce.

TWEETED

@TimWattsMP: Dorothy Dixer to Turnbull asking about Govt's 'achievements' ends up being all about Bill Shorten. Agile.

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