This week in Australian politics: koalas, shadow cabinet, & the $615,986 question

By Terri Butler

15 November 2020

It has been a big week in Australian politics. Parliament was sitting and the Liberal government had quite a few challenges to face. With all the high profile stories going on this week, there were a few things you might have missed. 

In Question Time I asked the government a $615,986 question. And Labor continued to prosecute the case against the government's woeful track record on koala protection. Water infrastructure and water management are key issues for this government and they're not up to scratch. So we kept the pressure up this week. The plight of the koala is really important as this is an iconic Australian species. It is heart-breaking to see a baby koala left stranded without its parents following bushfires, and it is terrible to see the impact of habitat loss and disease. But the government is really dragging its feet on koala protection.