Here's Melissa Price's statement on why she walked out of parliament during Bill Shorten's Close the Gap speech

The Twitterverse was up in arms today after a group of coalition MP's including Durack MP Melissa Price walked out of the chamber during Mr Shorten's "Closing the Gap" statement.

Everything Geraldton contacted Melissa Price's office regarding her reasoning for walking out. 

“Mr Shorten should not have politicised this issue. I thought it was disrespectful to Indigenous people and represented cheap point scoring. We all know that many previous governments have failed to improve the lives of Indigenous people. We need to work together to close the gap.” - Melissa Price. 

Labor leader Bill Shorten had called on the government to reverse $500 million in budget cuts.

Click here to read the Sydney Morning Herald's account of today's events.