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Thursday, 21 November 2013
Page: 1057

Textor, Mr Mark

Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (15:02): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to comments by Mr Mark Textor on the ABC before question time today. Why has not anyone from the government spoken to Mr Textor about his offensive remarks concerning Indonesia and will the Prime Minister now review all the contracts between the government and Mr Textor's company?

The SPEAKER: I call the honourable the Prime Minister. That question, I might say, goes very close to not being within the standing orders but I will let it stand and call the Prime Minister.

Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (15:02): They were tacky comments and they have been withdrawn and apologised for.

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition is a bit slow off his feet, but what is the question?

Mr Shorten: Thanks for that compliment, Madam Speaker. I want to table the Mark Textor interview on the ABC at one o'clock today.

Leave not granted.