Question Time in federal parliament

QUESTION TIME IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT

WHAT WE LEARNED

* Barnaby Joyce is taking leave from February 19-25 and won't be able to be acting prime minister while Malcolm Turnbull is overseas. Government Senate leader Mathias Cormann will step up instead.

* It's been 118 days since Labor asked an energy-related question of Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg (though he didn't say whether those were regular days or sitting days).

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN

* How its economic leadership, confidence and certainty has delivered a record 16 months of jobs growth, the longest uninterrupted run in Australia's history.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* What Barnaby Joyce knew about taxpayer money being used to hire an Armidale hotel owned by a friend of his - who has gifted him six months' free rent on an apartment - for an official government event that he attended.

THEY SAID WHAT

"I hesitate to get into a debate here..." - Then what is the parliamentary chamber for, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull?

"Well, perhaps the video (Chris Bowen) is familiar with is Derek Zoolander in the film Zoolander when he looks into a puddle and says, 'Who am I? Who am I? I don't know'." - Treasurer Scott Morrison.

"Is the House meant to believe that it was just an extraordinary coincidence that an agency under (Joyce's) administration chose a venue owned by his close friend, out of all the venues in Armidale?" - Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus.

"McManus-stan, that alternate universe, where the general, the superior leader, Sally McManus, that puppet master and her two favourite marionettes, the member for Gorton and the leader of the opposition, where she is pulling the strings hard every day." - Small Business Minister Craig Laundy goes off the map.

"The members for Chifley and Perth will leave under 94(a). They are preventing me hear the question. I have solved that problem." - Speaker Tony Smith has had enough at the end of a rowdy week.

TWEETED

@TonyHWindsor: Turnbull sin bins Joyce

@NickMcKim: Hansonism is now at the heart of this government and Peter Dutton is the Anti-Immigration Minister.

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