Malcolm Turnbull is hitting taxpayers with the massive bill of recalling Parliament but running away from scrutiny.
The new Parliamentary sitting pattern today released by the Government confirms the House of Representatives will only sit for two days in the first week when Parliament resumes, proving Malcolm Turnbull is simply engaging in an expensive stunt.
Last week, Christopher Pyne told Australians:
“We're the last people that want to avoid Question Time.”
CHRISTOPHER PYNE – DOORSTOP – 6 APRIL 2016
But the new Parliamentary sitting pattern shows the Turnbull Government is doing exactly that.
In 2008, Malcolm Turnbull told the House of Representatives:
“The feature that distinguishes the Westminster system of parliamentary democracy from so many others around the world is the accountability of the executive at Question Time. It is fundamental. It is the most important part of Parliament. For most members of the public it is when they see their government held to account.”
MALCOLM TURNBULL – HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – 12 FEBRUARY 2008
If this is what Malcolm Turnbull believes then he should turn up to a full Parliamentary sitting week with Question Time each and every day starting from Monday, 18 April, to be held accountable for his actions.
The new Parliamentary sitting pattern also confirms the House of Representatives will not be sitting in the week beginning Tuesday, 26 April when the Senate is sitting. If the Senate is sitting for these extraordinary sitting weeks, the House of Representatives should be sitting on the same days.
Malcolm Turnbull needs to decide whether he is governing or electioneering.
This is a massive indulgence on the part of Malcolm Turnbull, who’s acting like a part-time Prime Minister.
The Government hasn’t even made clear exactly what it wants the Parliament to consider.
Last week I wrote to Christopher Pyne asking the Government to provide a complete list of bills the Government will seek to have the Parliament consider. He has failed to provide this list.
It’s pointless to release a new Parliamentary sitting pattern if MPs and Senators don’t even know what business will be before the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The Government should immediately release a complete list of bills it will seek to have both the House of Representatives and the Senate consider.