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Question time in federal parliament

During Question Time, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said jobs were the government's top priority. (AAP)

What we learned, heard and were amused by in Question Time on Thursday.

WHAT WE LEARNED

* Question time began with a moment's silence for the late former prime minister Bob Hawke.

* Claressa Surtees is to become the first woman appointed Clerk of the House of Representatives.

* Australian student Alek Sigley has been released from detention in North Korea and is safe and well.

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WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN

The government is focused on job creation.

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WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

Cuts to penalty rates are undermining tax cuts being delivered by the government.

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WHAT THEY SAID

"Which of his policies on wages, consumer demand, interest rates and productivity is working the best?" - Anthony Albanese's first question as Labor leader.

"All of them are all working together." - Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

"We couldn't be more pleased that we not only know where Alek is, but that he is safe." - Mr Morrison on the freeing of Alek Sigley.

"I have allowed him to go for a minute. He needs to address himself to the question." - Speaker Tony Smith sternly advises Energy Minister Angus Taylor.

"Someone has to." - Mr Albanese, when Speaker Smith observes the opposition leader can't answer his own questions.

"The government has no plans to increase social security payments for Newstart, beyond the normal six-monthly indexation." - Mr Morrison.

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