Turnbull wants 'genuine, serious' Question Time


PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Labor and its union mates will frighten people into poverty because they are incapable of a mature debate about the economy.

Mr Turnbull went on the attack on Thursday during Question Time saying Labor was doing their utmost to threaten the nation's future prosperity.

He said Labor's campaign against the China free trade agreement showed it had little idea when it came to job creation, prosperity or standing in the global economy.

"The pace of economic change is remarkable and the opportunities are enormous," he said.

"They (Labor) know the FTA offers the prospect of thousands and thousands of jobs right across the board in every industry.

"China is one of the largest economies in the world and the doors to that economy have been flung open.

"The Labor Party wants to stand in the way, and say stop the future; no, go back; you should be afraid."

Mr Turnbull said earlier the nation faced new challenges following the downturn of the mining construction sector.

He said the public was crying out for an opposition that was interested in the economy, not just interested in one-liners designed to get air time on the nightly news.

"The future of our economy, the future of our prosperity, depends on driving productivity," he said.

"I urge the Opposition Leader to use the next three weeks to get across the details of the problems Australians faced and hold this government to account.

"Perhaps we could agree to have a Question Time where the questions are genuine, serious and focus on the real challenges."

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was absent from Question Time for the third day in a row, following the leadership coup earlier this week.

Federal Parliament will resume next month.


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