Feb 26, 2020

Motions – Prime Minister – Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the Opposition) (15:01): I seek leave to move the following motion:

That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) the Prime Minister claims his only involvement in the corrupt sports rorts scheme was the passing of information by his office;

(b) the Audit Office found there were 136 emails between the Prime Minister’s office and Senator McKenzie’s office over a six month period about the corrupt sports rorts scheme;

(c) the Audit Office also found the Prime Minister’s office emailed Senator McKenzie’s office about projects under the corrupt sports rorts scheme indicating ‘These are the ones we think should be included in the list of approved projects’;

(d) the Audit Office found the colour-coded spreadsheet was shared between Senator McKenzie’s offie and the Prime Minister’s office on multiple occasions with multiple versions; and

(e) in preparing his report, the Prime Minister’s former Chief of Staff and now Secretary of his Department relied on only one version of the colour-coded spreadsheet when there were dozens of versions; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to:

(a) correct his repeated misleading statements to the Parliament that only eligible projects were funded under the corrupt sports rorts scheme when paragraph 4.32 and 4.33 of the audit of the scheme show 280 ineligible projects were funded;

(b) explain how his story can withstand the findings of the Audit Office; and

(c) explain why he has used taxpayer money as though it was his own personal marketing fund.

Today we saw the Prime Minister give it up when he pointed to a Liberal candidate as being able to—

Leave not granted.

Mr ALBANESE: I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition from moving the following motion immediately:

That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) the Prime Minister claims his only involvement in the corrupt sports rorts scheme was the passing of information by his office;

(b) the Audit Office found there were 136 emails between the Prime Minister’s office and Senator McKenzie’s office over a six month period about the corrupt sports rorts scheme;

(c) the Audit Office also found the Prime Minister’s office emailed Senator McKenzie’s office about projects under the corrupt sports rorts scheme indicating ‘These are the ones we think should be included in the list of approved projects’;

(d) the Audit Office found the colour-coded spreadsheet was shared between Senator McKenzie’s offie and the Prime Minister’s office on multiple occasions with multiple versions; and

(e) in preparing his report, the Prime Minister’s former Chief of Staff and now Secretary of his Department relied on only one version of the colour-coded spreadsheet when there were dozens of versions; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to:

(a) correct his repeated misleading statements to the Parliament that only eligible projects were funded under the corrupt sports rorts scheme when paragraph 4.32 and 4.33 of the audit of the scheme show 280 ineligible projects were funded;

(b) explain how his story can withstand the findings of the Audit Office; and

(c) explain why he has used taxpayer money as though it was his own personal marketing fund.

This rort knows no bounds—

Mr PORTER (PearceAttorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Leader of the House) (15:05): I move:

That the Member be no longer heard.

The SPEAKER: The question is the Leader of the Opposition be no further heard.

The House divided. [15:10]

(The Speaker—Hon. Tony Smith)

DIVISION:AYES 73 (6 majority) NOES 67 PAIRS 0
AYES NOES PAIRS
Alexander, JG Andrews, KJ
Andrews, KL Archer, BK
Bell, AM Broadbent, RE
Buchholz, S Chester, D
Christensen, GR Conaghan, PJ
Connelly, V Coulton, M
Drum, DK (teller) Dutton, PC
Entsch, WG Evans, TM
Falinski, JG Fletcher, PW
Flint, NJ Frydenberg, JA
Gee, AR Gillespie, DA
Goodenough, IR Hammond, CM
Hastie, AW Hawke, AG
Hogan, KJ Howarth, LR
Hunt, GA Irons, SJ
Joyce, BT Kelly, C
Laming, A Landry, ML
Leeser, J Ley, SP
Littleproud, D Liu, G
Marino, NB Martin, FB
McCormack, MF McIntosh, MI
McVeigh, JJ Morrison, SJ
Morton, B O’Brien, LS
O’Brien, T O’Dowd, KD
Pasin, A Pearce, GB
Pitt, KJ Porter, CC
Price, ML Ramsey, RE (teller)
Robert, SR Sharma, DN
Simmonds, J Stevens, J
Sukkar, MS Taylor, AJ
Tehan, DT Thompson, P
van Manen, AJ Vasta, RX
Wallace, AB Webster, AE
Wicks, LE Wilson, RJ
Wilson, TR Wood, JP
Wyatt, KG Young, T
Zimmerman, T
Albanese, AN Aly, A
Bandt, AP Bird, SL
Bowen, CE Burke, AS
Burney, LJ Burns, J
Butler, MC Butler, TM
Chalmers, JE Clare, JD
Claydon, SC Coker, EA
Collins, JM Conroy, PM
Dick, MD Elliot, MJ
Fitzgibbon, JA Freelander, MR
Georganas, S Giles, AJ
Gorman, P Gosling, LJ
Haines, H Hayes, CP
Hill, JC Husic, EN
Jones, SP Kearney, G
Kelly, MJ Keogh, MJ
Khalil, P King, CF
King, MMH Leigh, AK
Marles, RD McBride, EM
Mitchell, BK Mitchell, RG
Mulino, D Murphy, PJ
Neumann, SK O’Connor, BPJ
O’Neil, CE Owens, JA
Payne, AE Perrett, GD
Phillips, FE Plibersek, TJ
Rishworth, AL Rowland, MA
Ryan, JC (teller) Sharkie, RCC
Shorten, WR Smith, DPB
Snowdon, WE Stanley, AM (teller)
Steggall, Z Templeman, SR
Thistlethwaite, MJ Thwaites, KL
Watts, TG Wells, AS
Wilkie, AD Wilson, JH
Zappia, A

Question agreed to.