#5and5 HelloConflict

The Senate team led a lot of the news reports this week with some extraordinary work in Senate Estimates. The questioning of the Federal Police, Foreign Affairs, and Finance kept exposing more and more failings by the Government. And each new piece of evidence gathered in the Senate found its way straight to the floor of the House of Reps.

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Tony Burke
#5and5 Longest Question Time, shortest crisis.

It wasn't only the first week back for 2019. It wasn't only the beginning of just 10 sitting days in an eight-month period. This was the week that we had the shortest constitutional crisis in history and the longest Question Time in history. Here’s the 5and5.

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Tony Burke
#5and5 Return of the safari suit.

We were told this would be the week when the Government put its full $80 billion handout to big business to a vote in the Senate. But I won’t tell you how the vote went because like most predictions from the Government, it never happened.

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Tony Burke
#5and5 We are Australian

The week started with the Government two Members down. That meant we had a minority Government. We didn’t have the 76 required to choose what issues would be debated. But on any issue that was before us, if all the crossbench voted with us, then the Government would be a vote behind.

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Tony Burke