#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
#5and5 Cash Out

Sometimes you can pinpoint the precise moment that everything shifts. We had started the week pursuing the Government’s handling of the NBN, but at 2pm on Tuesday Bill Shorten rose to ask the Prime Minister about resources for the Australian Federal Police.

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Tony Burke
#5and5 The Majority of One

This was the week we discovered the Government might not have a majority after all. For the first time ever, the Parliament has voted to ask the High Court whether or not we have a majority Government.

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Tony Burke
#5and5 Week ending 23 June

As everyone heads home at the end of the parliamentary session the changes that are going to be hitting Australians are real. This was the final week to stop the cuts to penalty rates and the last chance to stop the tax cuts to millionaires. Here is the 5 and 5.

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Tony Burke
#5and5 Apparently they're not gonna take it

You don’t need inside information from me to know how this week was marked by division within the Government over how to respond to climate change. Remember they used to argue we couldn’t act on climate change because prices would go up and energy would be less secure? Well the Finkel report, which the Government asked the Chief Scientist to write, came back recommending a Clean Energy Target saying it will put downward pressure on prices and increase energy security. 

But the hard right of the Liberal and National Parties weren’t going to let evidence get in the way of an internal brawl. Here’s the #5and5:

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Tony Burke
#5and5 Week ending 2 June 2017

It was tax, health and education this week. Well all that, plus infrastructure, climate, One Nation and finally a strange tale involving a giraffe. Let me have a go at explaining the five best and worst things of this week in Parliament. 

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Tony Burke