Parliament: Anthony Albanese cheers on Peter Dutton question

Anthony Albanese is in question after being berated by the opposition for his handling of skyrocketing inflation.

During Question Time on Monday, opposition leader Peter Dutton renewed his attack on the prime minister over the cost of living crisis amid Australia’s support for a landmark climate fund agreed by over 200 countries at the COP27 summit in Egypt.

“The government just committed to funding a $2 trillion ‘Loss and Damage’ climate fund that will send money overseas and beyond our region,” Mr Dutton said.

“Prime Minister, doesn’t charity start at home? And when are you going to start helping Australian families instead of giving their money away?”

Mr. Albanese, who rolled his eyes as he walked to the shipping box, quickly launched his counteroffensive.

“I’ll tell you what we’re going to do – or we’re not going to do, which is to stand at a press conference with a microphone and joke about the Pacific Islands drowning,” the prime minister replied.

But his microphone was quickly muted when the opposition store manager, Paul Fletcher, attempted to dismiss his initial response as unparliamentary over “offensive” language.

“Offensive?” asked Mr. Albanese.

“These are facts,” interjected Labor Party frontbencher Ged Kearney.

Speaker Milton Dick was quick to straighten out the Prime Minister’s response. Mr Albanese went on to accuse Mr Dutton of dog whistle and suggested the scenario was an either/or.

“I’ll tell you what was offensive: It was the Tactics Committee meeting this morning that raised that question. That was offensive,” he yelled back.

“The only people who are happy about this question are the people sitting in the corner up there [the teal independents]. Because they represent seats that have rejected this type of dog-whistling tactic by the Liberal Party.

“The leader of the opposition, pretending to be kinder and gentler, comes into this House and asks a question like that.

“I’d tell the leader of the opposition you’re better than that. Or maybe not.”

Meanwhile, above in the Parliamentary version of the nosebleed (in the left-hand corner of the House), former Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his right-hand man Alex Hawke threw one another.

“Wow, just wow,” Mr. Morrison murmured to himself.

Originally posted as Anthony Albanese on fire over question from Peter Dutton

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