Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles says the new government is looking into whether the former prime minister’s office sent an election day text about an asylum seeker boat.
He described the message – which claimed the Border Force had intercepted a Sri Lankan asylum seeker boat off the coast – as “desperate”.
“We have asked the secretary of the Department of Home Affairs to look into this matter. But if those reports are correct, then this represents the final desperate acts of a dying government,” Marles said.
“In the last few hours of the Morrison government, what we have seen revealed is the true character of the Liberal Party because what’s completely clear is that the Liberal Party does not care about the national interest.”
Marles was asked about a submission the new federal government is making to the Fair Work Commission to argue those on the minimum wage should not receive a wage cut.
“The focus of the submission is what we have argued throughout this election campaign, what Anthony Albanese has made clear and that is those on the minimum wage should not be left behind.”