Tony Abbott says he has no intention of changing his parliamentary tactics despite Malcolm Turnbull criticising the coalition's question time obsession with carbon tax and asylum seekers.
The Opposition Leader yesterday admitted question time was "a bit of a disaster" but explained the focus on boats and the carbon tax was because they were the "two biggest failures of this Government".
"This is a Government that has monumentally failed to control our borders, we have had record months when it comes to illegal boat arrivals and this is a Government which is introducing a bad tax based on a lie, so of course these are the two question time preoccupations," he said.
In a speech in Perth this week, Mr Turnbull lamented how current politics lacked informed policy debate and said the system too often rewarded spin, exaggeration and misinformation.
He said question time was Parliament's most visible ritual yet there was "nothing more certain to arouse your fury and invite your contempt" than listening to it.
Mr Abbott described the speech as interesting and elegant.
He said he had spoken to Mr Turnbull more than once about it before it was delivered. "We are not a Stalinist party," he said.
Of the 302 questions asked by the Opposition this year, 137, or 45 per cent, have been about the carbon tax.
Former Labor MP Craig Thomson and Fair Work Australia were subjects of the second most questions from the coalition - 39 - and the Budget has accounted for 21.
According to statistics kept by the Leader of the House, Anthony Albanese, asylum seeker policy has been the subject of 19 quest- ions, equal with the Labor leadership and enterprise migration agreements.
By comparison, health and defence, which combined are 22 per cent of the Federal Budget, got just three questions apiece.Mr Albanese said Mr Turnbull had been allowed one question in the past two years on the communications portfolio when junior MPs including Wyatt Roy and Natasha Griggs had asked three.
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