This is a time when people want the government to succeed in saving people’s lives and in combating the virus and in making sure that people are able to stay in jobs.
We want the government to succeed and the tone of the parliament is still very much in that frame.
The problem we’ve had with aged care is the prime minister started the week by saying, ‘When there’s a pandemic it’s Victoria’s responsibility’.
He started in complete denial of his own document and I’ve got to say in terms of getting him to take this seriously, I’m not sure how we did.
You get to the end of question time today and the two final answers that he gave to questions from the opposition, on the second last one he was trying to get his backbench to laugh.
On the final question, he was trying to act like he was the victim. And the whole issue was how mean to him personally had the leader of the opposition been and could that please stop?
So, yes, we’re still making the case, but I’ve got to say in terms of part of the job being to try to get through to the prime minister that he needs to take responsibility here, at the end of the week I don’t think we’ve got there, if the prime minister still sees it as an area where making the backbench laugh as part of the job and then treating himself as the victim is the conclusion to question time.