The Government has given itself an early mark on its early mark by shutting down the House of Representatives an hour early.
It has also failed to consider one of the pieces of legislation Malcolm Turnbull said was the reason for recalling Parliament.
In his letter to the Governor General requesting the Parliament be recalled, Malcolm Turnbull said:
“The reason for recalling the Parliament is to enable it to give full and timely consideration to two important parcels of industrial legislation:… 2. The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Bill 2014 (Registered Organisations Bill)”
MALCOLM TURNBULL – LETTER – MONDAY, 21 MARCH 2016
In his speech to the Parliament on Monday, the Governor-General, at the direction of the Prime Minister, said:
“Honourable Senators and Members, as I declare open this new session of the Parliament, you are called together to conclude your consideration of the Australian Building and Construction Commission and Registered Organisations Bills.”
GOVERNOR GENERAL – PARLIAMENT - MONDAY, 18 APRIL 2016
Yet less than 12 hours later the Government withdrew the Registered Organisations Bill from the Parliamentary program, dumping one of the reasons the Government flew 226 MPs to Canberra.
This meant at the beginning of Parliament on Tuesday there was not a single piece of legislation for the House of Representatives to debate.
This is the level of arrogance Australians have come to expect from Malcolm Turnbull.
Malcolm Turnbull may never run out of words, but now his Government has run out of ideas.
Despite having no legislative agenda, the Government moved 16 motions to gag debate in the House over this extraordinary two day sitting.
And in an another insult to Australians, Christopher Pyne shut down debate an hour early on Tuesday.
Under Standing Orders the House usually adjourns at 9:30pm on Tuesdays. Under the Government’s new program for its extraordinary sitting week the House was scheduled to adjourn at 4:10pm. Yet by 3:33pm Christopher Pyne had gagged debate and shut down the House.
Malcolm Turnbull has charged taxpayers to fly around 226 MPs and their staff to Canberra for a stunt and then hasn’t even bothered having full sitting days.
We have a part-time Prime Minister who’s turned up to Canberra, performed a stunt and is now running away.
It’s no wonder Australians are so bitterly disappointed with Malcolm Turnbull, he lies to them and then refuses to front up to scrutiny.