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Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Page: 4214

Government Advertising

Mr BRENDAN O'CONNOR (Gorton) (15:05): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to recent budget leaks which have confirmed the Prime Minister will splash taxpayers' cash for a massive election advertising campaign. Given that the Prime Minister has been caught out spending taxpayer money on the eve of an election before, gifting $10 million in federal grant money for his Point Piper neighbour and Liberal donor's discredited cloud-seeding scheme in 2007, will the Prime Minister commit to no taxpayer-funded election advertising campaign between now and the election writs being issued?

Mr Pyne: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. The government has been very tolerant of the opposition's wide questions, but, quite frankly, this is a question full of assertions, speculation and made up stories and therefore has no place being asked, and I suggest that we move on.

The SPEAKER: I thank the Leader of the House. The very last sentence of the question was in order, in relation to government advertising.

Mr TURNBULL (WentworthPrime Minister) (15:06): I thank the honourable member for his question and the entirely false premise upon which it is based, and he will simply have to await events.