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WHAT WE LEARNED

* With the House adjourned due to the Liberal leadership saga, only the Senate held question time.

* Backbenchers were made to sit on the frontbench to hide the fact only four ministers were left in the Senate, after a string of resignations.

* Education Minister Simon Birmingham represented the prime minister and treasurer.

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN

The next election will be fought on the track record of the government.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

The government is in chaos, with no certainty over the prime minister or his ministry.

WHAT THEY SAID

‘Who is the prime minister of Australia?’ Labor senator Anthony Chisholm.

‘The coalition government’s plan for a stronger economy is working and is delivering.’ – Senator Birmingham.

‘When will the prime minister, whoever that may be, let the Australian people cast their judgment on this broken government by going to an election?’ – Labor senator Malarndirri McCarthy.

‘The Senate has no confidence in the government,’ – Labor senator Penny Wong moving a motion during question time.

‘There are many things this parliament will be remembered for.’ – Senator Birmingham