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Reporter: Kirrin McKechnie

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Federal politicians are making up for lost time, after cancelling Question
Time for a week, as a mark of respect to bushfire victims. They're back at each other's throats
this week.

Five MPs were thrown out of the House today and they appear to be trying to outdo each other with

Today, the Prime Minister was the target, described as a "toxic bore" for his parliamentary

And debate raged over unemployment, as the Government announced new measures to help those facing
the axe due to the global recession.

From Canberra, Kirrin McKechnie reports.

KIRRIN MCKECHNIE, REPORTER: Just two days in the parliamentary week and Tony Abbott's had a

TONY ABBOTT, OPPOSITION FRONTBENCHER: He is probably the worst parliamentarian as Prime Minister
since Billy McMahon. I mean, the guy is a toxic bore in the Parliament.

KIRRIN MCKECHNIE: Yesterday, Mr Abbott got caught in the crossfire, as the deputy Prime Minister
had some fun with Christopher Pyne's place in the Opposition's frontbench reshuffle.

JULIA GILLARD, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER: And, obviously, the leader of the Opposition, faced with the
choice of a Doberman or poodle, has gone for the poodle.

KIRRIN MCKECHNIE: But far from taking offense at the Doberman comparison, Mr Abbott had only praise
for Julia Gillard.

TONY ABBOTT: It was probably the highlight of what was a very dull day.

JOURNALIST: Mr Rudd, are you a toxic bore?

KEVIN RUDD, PRIME MINISTER: Can I say that anyone, anyone - you wrote about this today, Matthew.
The - I'll leave that where it is.

KIRRIN MCKECHNIE: As Mr Abbott criticised Mr Rudd's style, his leader went on the attack on
substance, honing in on the Prime Minister's job creation credentials.

MALCOLM TURNBULL, OPPOSITION LEADER: Why is the Prime Minister so confident the $42 billion package
will support 90,000 jobs.

KEVIN RUDD, PRIME MINISTER: We have a strategy, you have an excuse.

KIRRIN MCKECHNIE: The latest arm of that strategy is a $300 million training and support scheme.

KEVIN RUDD: To support those workers, who through no fault of their own, lose their jobs, or at
risk of losing their jobs because of this global economic crisis.

KIRRIN MCKECHNIE: Under the plan, the Government will bring forward access to employment services
for redundant Australians and will create an extra 100,000 training places.

JULIA GILLARD: What we know from past economic downturns is when the economy turns down, people
stop training. When the economy then grows, everybody is crying out for skilled labour. We want to
do everything possible through these kind of practical measures to change that cycle.

KIRRIN MCKECHNIE: But the Opposition will take some convincing, continuing to challenge the
Government to deliver the goods.

JOE HOCKEY, SHADOW TREASURER: Where are these 330,000 jobs you say will be created and supported?

KEVIN RUDD: They seem to delight in the economic pain of others.

ANTHONY ALBANESE, INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTER: They take comfort in unemployment on that side of the
House. On this side of the House, on this side of the House, we're investing in infrastructure and

KIRRIN MCKECHNIE: As the debate raged on, tensions flared.


KIRRIN MCKECHNIE: And the Speaker took a hardline.

HARRY JENKINS: I now issue a general warning. Now, people - people will understand this is the
first time I've used this device.

KIRRIN MCKECHNIE: Then, the evictions started.

HARRY JENKINS: The Member for Dickson will leave the chamber.

KIRRIN MCKECHNIE: In total, five Opposition MPs were asked to leave the House, among them the
deputy leader.

The Government's getting increasingly frustrated with the Opposition's attack on its jobs record,
but emissions trading is proving just as challenging. Now the Nationals have weighed in and appear
set to oppose the Government scheme.

WARREN TRUSS, NATIONALS LEADER: Well, virtually everybody in the National Party has very serious
reservations about Labor's emissions trading scheme. Most of us will want to vote against it
because it is fundamentally unsound, it will cost jobs.

KIRRIN MCKECHNIE: Sounding the alarm with the catchcry of the moment. Kirrin McKechnie, Lateline.