Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler—Leader of the Opposition) (13:57): This Prime Minister does not like scrutiny—not from journalists, not from the opposition and not from the crossbenches. He’s loose with the truth—a serial offender! And when he makes a mistake by misleading parliament, he lacks the courage or integrity to correct the record, in here and in person, and apologise.
This week, under pressure, the real PM Morrison has stood up—an ad man with no plan; a showman, covering up a scam. He’s shouty, belligerent and stubborn. He believes different standards should apply to him to those that apply to other Australians. He thinks it’s okay to pick up the phone to the head of the New South Wales police because one of his mates is in trouble on the very day an investigation is launched. He pretends he’s made of Teflon, fooling himself that nothing will stick, but he is becoming tarnished by his own hubris—his own arrogance, writ large this week for all to see.
There are real issues that Australians want this government to deal with: low wage growth, the increased cost of living and climate change. Instead, he comes here with just a plan to bash unions this week. That was his priority—a plan to bash unions. But because of his own arrogance and lack of accountability, he has had a shocker!
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.