Question Time in federal parliament

Education Minister Dan Tehan faced questions over a fall in the performance of Australian students

WHAT WE LEARNED

* Scott Morrison has met with freed hostage Tim Weeks, who had been in Taliban detention for three years.

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN

* The government is providing record funding for schools.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

* Why did the coalition junk Labor's school performance deal with the states in 2013, which has led to Australia falling in international rankings.

WHAT THEY SAID

"The outcomes ... are deeply concerning to the government." - Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the latest school performance report.

"What we need is a commitment to put students first and ensuring those basics, those fundamentals, are at the heart of everything we teach." - Education Minister Dan Tehan.

"He wouldn't know a farmer if he met one." - Nationals leader Michael McCormack to city-based shadow attorney general Mark Dreyfus.

"Given economic growth has slowed in the September quarter... how did the prime minister get it so wrong?" - Labor leader Anthony Albanese on the latest weak economic data.