Sumary of Parliament erupts into chaos as Liberal MP crosses the floor:
- Liberal MP Bridget Archer asked the politicians to cast a vote on whether to suspend standing orders so that the house could debate a proposed federal integrity commission bill from independent MP Helen Haines.
- But as MPs discarded the restrictions on Thursday, the chamber bustled and roared once again as the gaggle of confused politicians walked across the green carpet.
- Camera IconSpeaker of the House Andrew Wallace has capped off a messy first week in his new role with a spectacular mincing of words that sent MPs into a frenzy of confusion.
- NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage Credit: News Corp AustraliaOpposition Leader Anthony Albanese took delight in the chaos, sitting smuggly in the Prime Minister’s chair as his colleagues giggled and cheered.
- Ms Archer broke ranks from the Liberals by trying to get the house to debate an integrity bill, snubbing Scott Morrison’s vocal opposition.
- Camera IconOpposition leader Anthony Albanese appeared to take great delight in the chaos.
- Ms Archer has indicated that if Dr Haines’ bill makes it to a vote, she will cross the floor of parliament again and snub her own party to vote in favour of it.
- After the ordeal came to an end and the house settled down, Ms Archer and Dr Haines headed out of the chamber hand-in-hand.