Sumary of Leaders trade insults as real reform is put on the backburner:
- Labor is shouting from its side of the chamber every time it catches Morrison telling a lie, while he lowers his voice in response.
- Reminded on Tuesday he had denied using the label “Shanghai Sam” to describe former Labor senator Sam Dastyari when he had clearly used the phrase, the Prime Minister was barely audible in the chamber.
- Morrison ridiculed Albanese for once telling the Labor caucus to be ready for a December 11 election.
- Labor has accused the Prime Minister of telling lies, the government has accused Labor of being sneaky, but neither side has clashed on the floor of Parliament on a single big idea.
- While Liberal backbencher Bridget Archer crossed the floor to support independent MP Helen Haines, the vote was procedural.
- The government blocked the bid to vote on Haines’ private member’s bill to set up a commission.
- LoadingThe Haines vote mattered for one simple reason: it highlighted a government vacuum.
- This is a real pressure point for the Liberals in city electorates when independent candidates can easily use an issue to add to climate change.