Labor outsmarts Government in first House of Representatives, PM shocked

While the Coalition holds a majority of 76 seats, with Labor holding 69, this incident shows that anything can happen if MPs don’t

While the Coalition holds a majority of 76 seats, with Labor holding 69, this incident shows that anything can happen if MPs don’t stay until the end of the show.

Chaos and blame has now started after the Federal Government lost three consecutive votes in the Lower House on Thursday, which almost saw the endorsement of a banking royal commission.

Labor surprised the Government by voting against Parliament adjourning at its usual time of 4:30pm.
Opposition then won three votes, bringing forward the royal commission motion, reports ABC.

Labor outmanoeuvred the Government and won a procedural vote in the House of Representatives, which former prime minister Tony Abbott said would be a learning curve for many people, including Malcolm Turnbull.

“All of us are learning lessons all the time, whether you’re a journalist, a member of parliament, a whip or even a Prime Minister,” Mr Abbott said.

Three senior ministers, Peter Dutton, Michael Keenan and Christian Porter, were not in the House when the Opposition surprised the Government with its tactics, by voting against Parliament adjourning at its usual time of 4:30pm.

Mr Porter arrived for the second vote, but Mr Dutton did not return until the fourth, when the Government regained control of the House.

A spokeswoman for Justice Minister Michael Keenan said he was on a plane to Melbourne for an event and was asked to fly back to Canberra last night to meet with the Prime Minister.

It is the first time a majority government has lost a vote in the House in decades, demonstrating how difficult managing the 45th parliament will be.

MP’s sum up evening as ‘shenanigans’ and ‘silly buggers’

Coalition MP Ken Wyatt said the Government could have dealt with the situation better and there was a clear message that MPs should “not leave until the House is adjourned”.

Liberal MP Andrew Hastie summed up the evening as “silly buggers”.

Mr Hastie said he did not know who was to blame, but the Coalition needed to be “more disciplined”.

His colleague Trent Zimmerman said “it’s not the type of thing you want to have happen in the first week”.

Labor’s Tim Watts denied the back and forth was a stunt, while his colleague Michael Danby said it was a “legitimate political tactic”.

Fellow Labor MP Wayne Swan said the evening proved the Government was a “shambles”.

Liberal Russell Broadbent said the events of Thursday night would not be forgotten quickly.

“There’ll be a few people that will rue this day and remember this day for the rest of their political careers,” Mr Broadbent said.

Are you surprised at this latest development?

  1. D J D T  

    The Prime Minister needs to stop playing “smug politics” and show some gumption as actually start leading the government or he will be another Julius Caesar and won’t see who Brutus is until it’s too late.

  2. Denyse Williams  

    We pay through the nose for these people and they cannot park their backsides for a full sitting? I bet they would have stayed for a pay rise / perks vote! I am sooo over all of these parasites.

  3. Doreen  

    Am I surprised!! I’m disgusted and ashamed with our politicians with there actions at the first time they were in the Parliament. . They all should be ashamed of themselves and the Prime Minister needs to do his job and give them a good telling off otherwise they’ll be out!!!! What are the tax payers paying them for!!!

    • Manfred Ihms  

      The prime minister is nothing but a greedy arrogant ripoff Moron who deserves everything they stick to him

  4. Stephen. Sunbury  

    Mr Turnbull and all other Politicians need to remember we the public put them in office and we pay their wages. If they cannot be bothered sitting out their full day’s work and sit the duration of the meeting till it is adjourned, then they need to be reprimanded and deducted pay as a result, Ist warning with pay deduction, 2ND time their out, sacked.
    If we attempted to leave work before “knockoff” time we would have our pay docked with the risk of losing our jobs as a result as well.

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