National

Question time in federal parliament

By AAP Newswire

WHAT WE LEARNED

- Australia's defence spending will hit two per cent of GDP in 2021.

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN

- Managing the budget properly means the government can afford tax cuts, national security and essential services.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

- Why is the government punishing older Australians

WHAT THEY SAID

"Can the prime minister confirm how many pensioners will be negatively impacted by his legislation to cut the pension supplement?" Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou.

"This government makes sure that the welfare system is fair to those who rely on it and it is fair to those who pay for it." - Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

"We know the Labor party has a hereditary addiction ... to tax and spend." - Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

"Why are there now 129,000 older Australians waiting for their home care package, even though the packages have been approved?" - Labor frontbencher Julie Collins.

"Does the prime minister accept that a combination of deep cuts and the government's deregulation obsession have left older Australians in care vulnerable to abuse and neglect?" - Labor leader Anthony Albanese.

"I am going to respect and trust the work of the royal commission that I initiated." - Morrison