Turnbull finally got angry, labels Shorten a 'parasite'
MALCOLM Turnbull delivered Bill Shorten a serious smackdown today as debate heated up on the Government's proposed social welfare reforms.
It seems the Prime Minister is sick of being called 'Mr Harbour-side Mansion'.
When the Opposition leader quizzed him on how many Australians would be worse off under the Government's proposed changes to family payments and push for corporate tax cuts, the PM cut lose.
He called Mr Shorten a "social-climbing" sycophant to Melbourne's billionaires and pointed out the former union leader had once noted the value of corporate tax cuts.
"There was never a union leader in Melbourne that tucked his knees under more billionaires' tables than the Leader of the Opposition - he lapped it up," Mr Turnbull said.
"He was such a sycophant, a social-climbing sycophant if ever there was one."
"He will say whatever suits his purpose from day to day - no consistency, no integrity," he continued.
"This sycophant, blowing hard in the House of Representatives, sucking hard in the living rooms of Melbourne - what a hypocrite."
Earlier Mr Shorten accused the government of reaching into the pockets of a million Australian families, rather than the big end of town, to make budget savings.
He moved a motion condemning Mr Turnbull for "being so out of touch that his hopelessly divided government punishes family, pensioners, carers and new mums while giving $50 billion handout to business and big banks". A fired-up prime minister didn't hold back, using Mr Shorten's "Mr Harbourside Mansion" reference to accuse the Labor leader of being a parasite who enjoyed drinking champagne with the likes of billionaire Richard Pratt. "He likes harbourside mansions, he is yearning for one, he is yearning to get into Kirribilli House - because somebody else pays for it," he said. "Just like he loved knocking back Dick Pratt's Cristal and looked forward to living at the expense of the taxpayer, this man is a parasite and has no respect for the taxpayer."
"This sycophant, blowing hard in the House of Representatives, sucking hard in the living rooms of Melbourne, what a hypocrite," the prime minister said. At issue was an omnibus bill the government introduced to parliament earlier on Wednesday.
The omnibus bill included a host of reforms which would deliver $5.5 billion in savings to repair the budget, according to the Prime Minister's announcement this morning.
"The key to the dishonesty of today's legislation is they want to stand there and pat themselves on the back, they want a bunch of flowers, probably give themselves the afternoon off because they say 'We are proposing legislative change in child care," Mr Shorten said.
"But there truth is in the numbers," he said.
"They are reducing what they pay to Australian families by $2.7 billion ever the next four years."