WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN
The government is united and focused on building a stronger Australia.
WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT
The prime minister is happy to accept poor behaviour and conflicts of interest by ministers and former senior Liberal figures.
WHAT THEY SAID
"The member for Blair is armed with his ring of steel, his hammer of Thor, his golden lasso." - Attorney-General Christian Porter on Labor's immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann.
"We have every confidence in Joe Hockey as our ambassador in Washington DC." - Leader of the House Christopher Pyne.
"This scandal ... I'm going to call chum-gate, because chum-gate involves so many Liberal Party chums, doesn't it?" - Labor finance spokesman Jim Chalmers.
@AlboMP This desperate Prime Minister runs a part-time Parliament that has conflicts of interest right along the Government benches.
Australian Associated Press