QUESTION TIME IN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT
WHAT WE LEARNED
* Nationals MPs as a whole are allocated a number of personal staff positions and can divvy these up between their offices as they see fit - and they've never filled all the given spots. (Labor has questions over whether a special job was created for Barnaby Joyce's now-pregnant partner.)
WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN
* Small and medium businesses are benefiting from company tax cuts and have contributed to the creation of a record 403,000 jobs last year.
WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT
* Labor will establish a compensation scheme for the remaining survivors of the stolen generation of indigenous children.
THEY SAID WHAT
"Despite our occasional differences here in the House, I want to pay respect to the honourable member (Linda Burney) for the extraordinary role model she provides as a first Aboriginal woman elected to the House of Representatives." - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull finds some time for bipartisan admiration.
"I suggest (Labor MPs) watch the Hawke retrospective (on TV) and they might learn a thing or two about what Labor's economic policy used to be and no longer resembles." - Treasurer Scott Morrison.
"They've embraced Chavez and Guevara and rejected Hawke and Keating." - Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne doubles down.
"We're in there rooting for the member for Grayndler (Anthony Albanese) - good luck, old mate." - under-fire Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce fans the embers of Labor leadership talk.
"Next week the prime minister will be overseas. Will the deputy prime minister be acting prime minister in his absence? Does the prime minister still retain confidence in his deputy?" - Labor leader Bill Shorten is indirectly direct. Turnbull replied yes to both.
@TimWattsMP: The most tiresome part of being a 21st century Labor MP is being lectured about the Hawke-Keating Legacy (tm) by people who don't understand the first thing about it
@workmanalice: According to Centrelink, Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion would be considered a couple. She is unemployed, he is employed so he could be providing financial assistance for her. They live together & they are expecting a child together.