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Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Page: 1099

Abbott Government


Ms MACKLIN (Jagajaga) (14:37): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to the recent stream of leaks against the Prime Minister: did the Prime Minister go against the advice of his then social services minister by deciding to cut the indexation of the pension?

Mr Pyne: Madam Speaker, these questions are clearly not in order. If the opposition wishes to rephrase them—

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the House can resume his seat. The question is not in order. If the member wishes to rephrase the question so that it is in order, she may try, but it is currently out of order.

Opposition members: Why?

The SPEAKER: You know perfectly well why it is out of order: it does not relate to a matter with which minister—

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: I will take the Leader of the House.

Mr Pyne: The other reason it is out of order is that the question is entirely hypothetical. It is based on rumour, gossip and innuendo. If the opposition wants to ask a question about fact, then they can find under the standing order 100 plenty of room to do so, but asking a question about the rumour, gossip and innuendo that infect this building is not the basis for a question to the Prime Minister. How can the Prime Minister answer that question?

Mr Burke: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. The way the Prime Minister can answer the question is by answering 'Yes' or 'No' to whether or not he went against the advice of his then minister to cut the indexation of the pension. That is entirely the responsibility—

The SPEAKER: The member will resume his seat. The question is not in order under standing order 100. If the member wishes to rephrase, she may do so.

Ms MACKLIN: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I will leave out the first part of the question and ask the Prime Minister whether he went against the advice of his then social services minister by deciding to cut the indexation of the pension.










Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:39): Decisions of the Expenditure Review Committee are unanimous.

Ms MACKLIN: I seek leave to table an article from the newspaper, 'PM's cut—

The SPEAKER: You know that under the standing orders you cannot table something that is already published.