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Monday, 7 November 2016
Page: 2922


Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:42): I seek leave to move the following motion:

That the House:

(1) notes that:

   (a) the Prime Minister was willing to trade guns for votes with Senator Leyonhjelm;

   (b) the Prime Minister is willing to trade race hate protections to protect himself from his backbench;

   (c) the Prime Minister has traded cash for votes with Senator Day; and

   (d) today, in an extraordinary turn of events, it's been revealed that the Prime Minister knew for more than two months that there was a potential issue under section 44 of the Constitution in relation to Senator Day and chose to bring the Parliament back and keep that information secret from the Australian people; and

(2) therefore, condemns the Prime Minister for:

   (a) being willing to do absolutely anything to keep his job; and

   (b) his weak leadership which is inflicting chaos on the Parliament and the country.

Leave not granted.

Mr SHORTEN: Oh, protection racket! I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Maribyrnong from moving the following motion forthwith—That the House:

(1) notes that:

   (a) the Prime Minister was willing to trade guns for votes with Senator Leyonhjelm;

   (b) the Prime Minister is willing to trade race hate protections to protect himself from his backbench;

   (c) the Prime Minister has traded cash for votes with Senator Day; and

   (d) today, in an extraordinary turn of events, it's been revealed that the Prime Minister knew for more than two months that there was a potential issue under section 44 of the Constitution in relation to Senator Day and chose to bring the Parliament back and keep that information secret from the Australian people; and

(2) therefore, condemns the Prime Minister for:

   (a) being willing to do absolutely anything to keep his job; and

   (b) his weak leadership which is inflicting chaos on the Parliament and the country.

Is there anything this Prime Minister will not trade to save his job?

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat. The Leader of the House has the call.