Aug 7, 2007

Questions without Notice – Howard Government

Questions without Notice – Howard Government

7 August 2007

Mr ALBANESE (2.57 p.m.)—My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to his statement in the House on 21 June—the same day that Mark Textor provided the leaked polling report to the Prime Minister—that Mark Textor’s advice has been reasonably accurate over the years. Does the Prime Minister accept Mr Textor’s finding that the Howard government has become arrogant, complacent and reactive?

Mrs Bronwyn Bishop—Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I refer you to standing order 98(c), which sets out specifically what may be asked about and what may not be asked about. That was clearly out of order, and I would ask you to rule that way.

The SPEAKER—I have been listening carefully to the Manager of Opposition Business. Parts of that question will certainly be out of order, but he has not completed his question.

Mr ALBANESE—Does the Prime Minister accept Mr Textor’s finding that the Howard government has become arrogant, complacent and reactive? Does the Prime Minister also accept the accuracy of Mr Textor’s finding that there is ‘significant disillusionment with Liberals on the issue of broken promises and dishonesty’? Prime Minister, what are the broken promises that Mr Textor is talking about in his report?

The SPEAKER—In calling the Prime Minister, he is not responsible for someone else’s work; nonetheless, parts of that question are in order.

Mr HOWARD—I analyse all the advice I get and I will extend the same courtesy to that question.