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Thursday, 31 May 2018
Page: 5170

Minister for Health

Ms CATHERINE KING (Ballarat) (14:19): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to the Prime Minister's previous answer. Is the Prime Minister or his office aware of any other incidents or complaints involving the health minister's language or behaviour towards stakeholders, public servants or staff?

Mr TURNBULL (WentworthPrime Minister) (14:19): I thank the honourable member for her question. All ministers are expected to treat the people with whom they deal, whether they are third parties, stakeholders, constituents, colleagues or public servants, with respect. Sometimes ministers fall short. The Minister for Health has acknowledged that he did fall short and he has apologised for it, as he should.

Ms Catherine King: Mr Speaker—

The SPEAKER: The Prime Minister has concluded his answer. The member for Ballarat will resume her seat.