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Reporting the new paradigm

The Australian claims that Labor suffered an “embarrassing defeat” yesterday in the House of Representatives. An amendment to standing orders, which enables members to speak to a motion to recommit a vote when a member has been unavoidably absent was […]

Labor’s tactics in the new Parliament

I was interested by an aspect of some of the coverage of the opening of Parliament on Lateline (not so much by Joe Hockey displaying the rather meagre results of his researches into John Curtin). It appeared to me that […]

Tony Crook may join Climate Committee

It’s being reported that WA National Tony Crook, fresh from (we presume) voting against Nationals MP Bruce Scott for Deputy Speaker, is considering joining the government’s Climate Committee, as is Nick Xenophon. I think day one of the New Paradigm […]

Peter Slipper elected Deputy Speaker

LNP Member for Fisher, Peter Slipper, has been elected Deputy Speaker by 78 votes to 71 in a secret ballot. Fisher, whose electorate is next door to former Coalition whip and Deputy Speaker contender Alex Somylay’s, was nominated by the […]