Thursday, 14 February 2013
In question time, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport criticised me for not attending the Cooroy to Curra opening. I did not attend because the minister did not give me an invitation to attend, even though all of the money for the project was funded by the previous government.
Honourable members interjecting—
In question time today, the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth implied that I had endorsed the government's policy priorities. If he had read my speech or listened to my speech, he would have found that he was not correct.
As the former minister for transport would know, the invitations are issued by the Queensland LNP government.
Mr Truss interjecting—
They are. You know that is the case, or didn't you do anything? That is right; you did not do any openings because you did not do anything. State governments do the invites.
Again, for a second day in a row, the minister for school education has claimed that I failed to address the issues of the national school improvement plan in his bill. In fact, there is no national school improvement plan in his bill, so it is quite impossible to address it.
The Manager of Opposition Business will resume his seat. I advise the House that personal explanations are actually a very serious thing. If we continue to abuse them and make them a laughing stock, then they will not have any relevance in the future.