Greens leader Adam Bandt has had to re-word his question three times, as he asks Prime Minister Anthony Albanese if he will condemn former US president Donald Trump after he was found guilty of fraud last week.

Bandt first asks Albanese: “Will you join us in condemning Donald Trump and commit to a full review of Australia’s relationship with the US if this dangerous man is elected president?”

Leader of the House Tony Burke argues against this question, saying Bandt cannot ask for an opinion under the standing orders.

Bandt again asks if Albanese will condemn Trump, which Speaker Milton Dick says he cannot ask because it is still an opinion.

For a third time, Bandt asks: “As prime minister, will you commit to a full review of Australia’s relationship with the United States if candidate Donate Trump is elected president?”

Dick says he still has an issue with that question but allows Albanese to answer because it was broad enough.

“I regard the relationships that we have as being very important,” Albanese says.


Referring to former prime minister John Curtin’s “correct and courageous” decision to put national defence of Australia first during World War II and make an “important alliance” with the United States since then, Albanese said it was more than a relationship depending on who is in power.

“It’s a relationship between people and between nations, it’s one that is very important and enduring and will continue to be into the future,” he said.

Albanese then listed relationships Australia had with countries in Europe, ASEAN countries and that he looked forward to hosting the Premier of China Li Qiang soon.

“We’ll make an announcement at appropriate times about that, that will be a positive thing given that China is our major trading partner and given the important regional relationships,” he said.