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Labor should investigate Elphicke over lobbying allegations, minister says

A Conservative minister claimed Natalie Elphicke’s defection had been “counterproductive” for Labour.

Maria Caulfied, the health minister, said this morning she believed voters would see Labor as “playing”.

She told Sky News: “I think it’s actually probably backfired on the Labor Party more than anyone else.”

Asked why, he said: “I think people will think Labor is playing games. We are busy as a Government, as I said, tackling obesity, improving maternity care, restructuring the economy; last week we had growth of 0.6 percent, growth greater than that of France, Germany and Spain.

“That’s what we’re focusing on, the Prime Minister will speak on defense later today, meanwhile Labor are playing games about which MP they can get to cross the floor.”