With the resignation from Speaker of the House and the consequential goings-on, the Government have given the Opposition a masterclass on how to do Parliament.
In one stroke the Government have stretched their voting buffer from 1 vote to 3 votes, including the crossbenches, and couldn’t you hear the whining from the LNP.
Mind you they only had themselves to blame for it. With their pre-selection kerfuffle against Peter Slipper, they effectively pushed him into the position as his only way out. And like they wouldn’t do the same thing if the positions were reversed.
By far the funniest thing to come out of the coverage so far is both the disappointment of the commentariat and the despair of Abbott.
The talking heads on the media are devastated because they no longer have that knife-edge in Parliament where one stuff up could switch things around…providing them with endless no-brainer leads about the “seriousness” and “tension” in every single thing that ever happens. Excluding of course the fact that all legislation is being passed and that Abbott repeatedly abuses the workings of Parliament with his ridiculously frivolous censure motions…on a daily basis.
Then of course there is the stuntman himself. It wasn’t surprising at all that the first thing out of his mouth was the bleating of “the death of democracy”, when in actual fact it was a perfect example of Parliamentary democracy at work. Wouldn’t you normally expect the deputy to take over from the speaker in any other situation?
Of course with the 3 vote buffer he can no longer afford to wait for a stuff up for power to change hands…he will actually have to do some work and hold out for another 2 years. You can tell he’s not in it for the hard work.
The biggest concern I have with this is that I hope the Government still pursue the reform agenda and don’t back away from the pokie pre-commitment changes because they no longer need Wilkie’s vote absolutely…it’s a change that needs to be made and most people will agree with it once the Clubs Australia noise machine dies down.