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Question time in federal parliament

AAP logoAAP 21/11/2016

QUESTION TIME IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT

WHAT WE LEARNED

* Barnaby Joyce pulled off being acting prime minister, handballing difficult questions - like paid parental leave - to relevant ministers.

* The budget will return to surplus when expenditure is less than revenue, Treasurer Scott Morrison stated the obvious without nominating a specific timetable for delivery.

* Of the last 33 people charged with terrorist-related offences, 22 are from second and third generation Lebanese-Muslim background, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton told MPs as Labor rounded on his criticism of the Fraser government's refugee program.

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN

We need an honest union movement so hard-working Australians have a growing productive economy based on knowing they have faith and confidence in honest union leaders that represent them.

WHO LABOR WANTED TO PURSUE

Will the treasurer apologise for describing working mums as double-dippers, fraudsters and rorters?

THEY SAID WHAT

"They are visionless. They are a philosopher's club." - Barnaby chides the Labor opposition.

"Not only have you unhitched your wagon from the truth, you have taken a fact and deliberately stated it opposite to try and scare mums into believing they would be affected when they would not be." - Social Services Minister Christian Porter tells Labor families spokeswoman Jenny Macklin.

"It's ok for the Member for Melbourne to sip on his latte in Brunswick, to put his sandals up on the seat and to say that it's the end of coal." - Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg takes aim at Greens MP Adam Bandt.

TWEETED

@TimWattsMP: We really need some subtitles in here when Barnaby PM has the call. Incomprehensible.

@Senator Wong: Brandis asked what Turnbull Govt is doing to help families, tells #senateQT they're giving big business a $50 billion tax cut. Says it all.

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