Question time in federal parliament

QUESTION TIME IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT:

WHAT WE LEARNED

* Coal-fired power could be around forever, the prime minister believes, but the market will decide its future.

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WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN

Labor wants to impose higher taxes on small and medium-sized business.

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WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

Why is the government so hell-bent on building more coal-fired power stations, when no one wants to invest in coal.

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THEY SAID WHAT

"We are turning the corner on energy costs." - Malcolm Turnbull.

"We used to have leaders who talked about the ladder of opportunity. This opposition leader is all about the snake of envy." - Scott Morrison.

"Is there anything this prime minister won't do to stop the members for Warringah (Tony Abbott) and Hughes (Craig Kelly) from crossing the floor and undermining his government?" Labor's Mark Butler on the prime minister's support for coal.

"You have the opposition leader frantically ringing up the backbench saying: 'He's not the Messiah. He's just a very naughty boy.'" Trade Minister Steve Ciobo plays on the Albanese-Shorten tension in Labor, quoting Monty Python.

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TWEETED

@SwannyQLD Idiotic language of snakes, ladders and envy can't camouflage the unfairness of Morrison's tax agenda. Labor's agenda is about opportunity, not envy #qt #auspol