Nov 27, 2019

Motions – Prime Minister – Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the Opposition) (17:57): I seek leave to move the following motion:

That the House:

(1) notes that;

   (a) today in Question Time, the Prime Minister told the House that in March 2013, a then detective in Victoria Police’s fraud squad, Ross Mitchell, made a statement about former Prime Minister Julia Gillard;

   (b) that statement was made word for word by radio host Ben Fordham-a fact which is clear from The Australian newspaper article by Hedley Thomas dated 27 April 2013 which reports that statement; and

   (c) in attempting to defend a Minister who has deliberately misled the Parliament, the Prime Minister today has misled the Parliament; and

(2) therefore, the House calls on the Prime Minister to do what is required by the House and his own Ministerial Standards and attend the Chamber to correct his misleading statement at 9.30 am tomorrow.

This scandal just keeps getting deeper. This was a prepared statement by the Prime Minister today where he put the words of Ben Fordham into the mouth of a Victorian police officer. The fact is that this just continues—

The SPEAKER: I will just clarify: did the Leader of the Opposition seek leave?

Mr ALBANESE: I did and I’m getting a good run here! If they’re not paying attention, that’s their fault.

The SPEAKER: Is leave granted?

Mr Porter: Leave is not granted.

Mr ALBANESE: I suspect I got out more than I will get out now. I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Grayndler from moving the following motion immediately:

That the House:

(1) notes that;

   (a) today in Question Time, the Prime Minister told the House that in March 2013, a then detective in Victoria Police’s fraud squad, Ross Mitchell, made a statement about former Prime Minister Julia Gillard;

   (b) that statement was made word for word by radio host Ben Fordham-a fact which is clear from The Australian newspaper article by Hedley Thomas dated 27 April 2013 which reports that statement; and

   (c) in attempting to defend a Minister who has deliberately misled the Parliament, the Prime Minister today has misled the Parliament; and

(2) therefore, the House calls on the Prime Minister to do what is required by the House and his own Ministerial Standards and attend the Chamber to correct his misleading statement at 9.30 am tomorrow.

The fact is that this government, in trying to protect this minister, is bringing down the Prime Minister.

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat.

Mr PORTER (PearceAttorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Leader of the House) (18:00): I move:

That the Member no longer be heard.

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

The House divided. [18:05]

(The Speaker—Hon. Tony Smith)

DIVISION:AYES 70 (4 majority) NOES 66 PAIRS 0
AYES NOES PAIRS
Alexander, JG Allen, K
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 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 Morton, B
O’Brien, LS O’Brien, T
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
Tudge, AE van Manen, AJ
Wallace, AB Wicks, LE
Wilson, RJ Wilson, TR
Wood, JP Wyatt, KG
Young, T Zimmerman, T
Albanese, AN Aly, A
Bandt, AP Bird, SL
Bowen, CE Burney, LJ
Burns, J Butler, MC
Butler, TM Byrne, AM
Chalmers, JE Clare, JD
Coker, EA Collins, JM
Conroy, PM Dick, MD
Dreyfus, MA 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
Keogh, MJ Khalil, P
King, CF King, MMH
Leigh, AK Marles, RD
McBride, EM Mitchell, BK
Mitchell, RG Mulino, D
Neumann, SK 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
Swanson, MJ Templeman, SR
Thistlethwaite, MJ Thwaites, KL
Vamvakinou, M Watts, TG
Wells, AS Wilkie, AD
Wilson, JH Zappia, A

Question agreed to.