Feb 20, 2019

Statements by Members – Morrison Government – Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (13:57): This is a desperate Prime Minister who leads a government where the member for Moore over there thinks he’s done nothing wrong by abusing his position to promote a lobster-processing business in which he has a financial interest. This is a desperate Prime Minister when a company based in a beach shack on Kangaroo Island gets a $423 million security contract. This is a desperate Prime Minister when—while he’s Treasurer—the Great Barrier Reef Foundation walks into a meeting and walks out with $444 million. This is a desperate Prime Minister when the member for Goldstein colludes with a private company that manages some of his investments, run by a fellow member of the Wilson clan, and abuses his chairmanship to a parliamentary committee to waste money on a sham inquiry. This is a desperate Prime Minister when Ministers Cash and Keenan refuse to cooperate with a police investigation and the Prime Minister comes in here and says, ‘No, they’ve made a statement, along with the Minister for Home Affairs.’ This is a desperate Prime Minister when the company Helloworld, run by Liberal Party Treasurer Andrew Burnes, gets a billion-dollar government travel contract. They say, ‘Hello, world.’ I say, ‘Hello, conflict of interest,’ Prime Minister!

The fact is: this desperate Prime Minister runs a part-time parliament that has conflicts right along the frontbench and the backbench. (Time expired)