Question Time in federal parliament

Josh Frydenberg and Scott Morrison were keen to spruik the merits of a budget surplus.
Josh Frydenberg and Scott Morrison were keen to spruik the merits of a budget surplus.

WHAT WE LEARNED

- Drought-hit rural NSW towns are guaranteed water supply until the first quarter of 2020.

- Australia has the highest minimum wage in the world.

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN

- Returning the budget to surplus benefits all Australians.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

- Why is the government taking no action to boost wages, while the cost of living rises.

WHAT THEY SAID

"Our members for parliament on this side of the House don't live inside the goat 's cheese circle like most of the people on the other side of the House." - Communications Minister Paul Fletcher.

"The shadow treasurer served at the knee of Mr Swan ... he's at one with the former treasurer. He's Obi-Swan Kenobi. As he looks up to his great mentor with whom he merges and he hears him say 'Use the taxes Jimmy, use the taxes'." - Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Australian Associated Press