Question time in federal parliament

QUESTION TIME IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT:

WHAT WE LEARNED

* Mine apprentices, teachers, excavators, police sergeants, crane operators, riggers and TAFE workers will face a higher rate of tax under Labor than the coalition, the treasurer says.

* The government has promised Tasmania won't lose a cent under any changes to the GST distribution.

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN

The Australian Workers Union is doing all it can to stop the industrial watchdog finding out if Bill Shorten paid $100,000 of union members' money to GetUp! without authorisation.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

Why is Jobs Minister Michaelia Cash fighting efforts to examine a media tip-off before a raid on AWU offices?

THEY SAID WHAT

"Senator Cash is not a party to the proceedings" - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the AWU case.

"If Senator Cash has nothing to hide from the Federal Court, why does she not show up?" - Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek.

"Why is minister Cash still there?" - Labor workplace spokesman Brendan O'Connor.

"It has to pass the pub test in Burnie, as it does in Bunbury, Ballarat and Bendigo" - Mr Turnbull on possible changes to the GST carve-up.

TWEETED

@andrewjgiles - "Ministerial responsibility, anyone? #qt"

@AdamBandt - "Instead of unaffordable tax cuts, let's lift Newstart, lift Youth Allowance, lift the minimum wage #greens #qt"