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Politics Live: June 5, 2014

It's time for us to stop work and browse travel websites about France and wonder if work will give us some time off.

But before that, what did we learn today?

 

Parliament will be back in just over a week.

Until then, it's le goodbye from Alex Ellinghausen and I.

Thanks for tuning in!

 

Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives in Paris on Thursday. Photo: Andrew Meares
Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives in Paris on Thursday. Photo: Andrew Meares 

The PM is not expected to hold a doorstop soon.

Over the next few days, he will be meeting world leaders, including the French President Francois Hollande and Germany's Angela Merkel.

As well as participating in ceremonies for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

 

And bonjour Paris.

Tony Abbott has arrived in France. 

In time for a croissant and a cafe.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives in Paris on Thursday. Photo: Andrew Meares
Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives in Paris on Thursday. Photo: Andrew Meares Photo: Andrew Meares

The House has risen for a week.

But estimates continues to rock. 

Tonight live, the Department of Human Services, Trade, Treasury and Education will be working the mics in the committee wing. 

 

Warren, DO something!

Treasurer Joe Hockey, Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Treasurer Joe Hockey, Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 
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I would be competitive in a rap battle with Kanye.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

I would be competitive in a stare-off with Julie Bishop.

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne during question time. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Leader of the House Christopher Pyne during question time. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

Or maybe not.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss on Thursday. Photo: Alex ...
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss on Thursday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

Barney, if I touch your thigh, this will demonstrate that there are no problems with the Coalition.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

The time being 5.34pm, we now present PHOTOS WITHOUT NOTICE.

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If things have seemed a big tough for Malcolm Turnbull of late, he can take heart in the fact that he's got a friend in Peter Reith

The former Howard minister has penned a column for Fairfax Media this afternoon.

"Alan Jones' old trick of berating MPs has worked well for decades. But Jones met his match when he took on Malcolm Turnbull."

What do you think? Was there a clear winner out of that interview this morning?

And if so, was it Turnbull? Jones? Radio?

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

Immigration correspondent Sarah Whyte reports that two asylum seekers who were involved in a riot on Nauru last July have been jailed.

About 50 asylum seekers were charged over riots last July that largely destroyed the island's detention centre.

This cost $60 million in damages, according to the Nauruan government.

One asylum seeker has received a two year and five month sentence. Another has received a reduced sentence of 11 months.

"The purpose of sentencing the accused persons today is deterrence," said Magistrate Ropate Cabealawa.

 

I know you're all wondering about what is happening with the government's planned white paper on tax.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has told the Economics hearing that details of the paper will be announced in the second half of the year.

This includes terms of reference and people to undertake the review.

And of course any recommendations will be taken to the next election.

Coming soon in about 2016!!

Just to be clear, Bum Crack College is not an official government term.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop is discussion with Leader of the House Christopher Pyne during a division on ...
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop is discussion with Leader of the House Christopher Pyne during a division on Thursday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

What is it about Labor and its language today in estimates?

Over in the Education and Employment Committee, there has been talk about university fees in a new deregulated environment.

You may recall that the government is arguing that fees will not necessarily skyrocket in a deregulated world because of competition between universities.  But there is another line of thought that the more prestigious universities will not have to compete with regional and other universities, and so will be able to jack their fees right up.

Education Department Secretary Lisa Paul was echoing the government's position today, before Kim Carr jumped in with this:

"The competition for the Group of Eight is not Bum Crack College down the road, it's actually other Group of Eight universities, is that true or not?"

 

Senator Kim Carr during estimates. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Senator Kim Carr during estimates. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 
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Just another face in the crowd, huh?

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks with Labor MPs during a division. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks with Labor MPs during a division. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

All that dividing over Bandt's motion has given us look at MPs out of their seats and out on the prairies of the chamber.

And indeed, one MP in particular.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop is discussion with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull after a division. ...
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop is discussion with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull after a division. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

The House votes along the same lines (85 to 56) against Bandt's motion and at 3.22pm, Truss calls an end to question time.

This leads into a matter of public importance debate initiated by Labor and entitled:

"The need for the Prime Minister to urgently reconsider his unfair budget that will hurt Australian families into the future."

In a parliamentary sense, this caps off two weeks of Labor arguing against key budget measures in the lower house.

"This budget goes too far," Shorten says, kicking off the debate.

(Can the PM urgently reconsider the budget if he is on a plane on his way to France?)

 

After the government votes to stop McGowan talking as well (85 votes to 56), Pyne speaks briefly against the substance of Bandt's motion.

He says the government wants to get on with business.

 

The House votes to gag Bandt.

Cathy McGowan then moves to second it.

Was there a trick? Was there a deal?

And who were the losers?

Pyne moves to gag McGowan as well.

(Although Bandt argues she has already stopped talking.)

 

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