Sep 12, 2007

Questions without Notice – Liberal Party: Leadership

Questions without Notice

Liberal Party: Leadership

12 September 2007

Mr ALBANESE (2.25 p.m.)—My question is addressed to the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources. I refer to today’s reports by Dennis Shanahan and Paul Kelly in the Australian that a meeting occurred in the foreign minister’s Sydney hotel suite which involved the Minister for Justice and Customs, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, the Attorney-General, the Minister for Defence, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and the Minister for Education, Science and Training. Did the minister attend that meeting and did he express his support for the current Prime Minister at that meeting?

The SPEAKER—The question is close to being out of order, but if the minister chooses to answer it I will call the minister.

Mr Turnbull—The question is out of order; I would agree with that.

Opposition members interjecting—

Mr Turnbull—No, I will answer it. I will take the question.

The SPEAKER—Order! The minister does not yet have the call. The minister wishes to answer the question. I call the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.

Mr TURNBULL—I attended that meeting. That is the answer to your question.

Opposition members interjecting—

Mr TURNBULL—I attended that meeting. The Prime Minister has the support of everybody at that meeting. The discussions at the meeting are not part of my portfolio responsibilities, but I have answered the question. The Prime Minister has the support, as Prime Minister, of everybody in the cabinet. That is the answer.