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Thursday, 13 September 2018
Page: 53

Members of Parliament: Conduct


Ms CATHERINE KING (Ballarat) (14:51): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to the Prime Minister's answers about bullying inside his government. Is the Prime Minister aware that the member for Curtin has said that in some instances illegal behaviour may have taken place? Does the Prime Minister have any reason to doubt the member for Curtin's statement that illegal behaviour may have taken place?


Mr MORRISON (CookPrime Minister) (14:51): I thank the member for her question. As the father of two daughters, I have no truck with bullying, whether it is of women or anyone else. I don't think anyone in this place would have any truck with it either. I have said on a number of occasions in this House the process we have on our side of politics for ensuring the proper care and welfare of our members. It is exactly the same as the process that is followed, courtesy of the admissions by the Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, through the whips process. That is what we have done.

Mr Dreyfus interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Isaacs has been warned.

Mr MORRISON: Over the last couple of weeks I have had opportunity to speak directly to members of my own team about these matters. I do not believe that there are the sorts of behaviours that were described in the question in those terms.