Tips and rumours

Dec 8, 2017

Tips and rumours

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From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

A day in pictures. Yesterday -- for all the criticism you could aim at the process that got us there -- was a good day. It was certainly a good day for parliamentary snappers, who captured an array of indelible images: 

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7 thoughts on “Tips and rumours

  1. zut alors

    Interesting to see that Abbott (& several others) were not in the House for the final vote, surprise surprise. History shows he’s not a good loser.

    1. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

      Surely, with all the photographers and TV cameras around the chamber at the time it is possible for someone to do some simple accounting. Who was in the room when the final division was called and who remained when the doors were locked. You are right about Abbott but who exactly were the “several others”?

      1. zut alors

        According to The Daily Mercury (online) the ‘no’ voters were….
        ‘Outspoken Queenslander Bob Katter – who earlier in the day argued same-sex couples were trying to “steal” the word ‘gay’ – was joined by Hinkler MP Keith Pitt, Maranoa MP David Littleproud and McMillan MP Russell Broadbent….’


        ‘The House of Representatives has not confirmed the number of MPs who voted yes or abstained, as this is “standard practice” when there are fewer than five “no” votes, it confirmed.

        It’s unclear how many MPs abstained from voting although there are reports it could be up to 12. The Australian has named Tony Abbott, Andrew Hastie, Michael Sukkar, Kevin Andrews, Scott Morrison, Alex Hawke and George Christensen as among them.’

        Frankly, I think many voters would be fascinated to know if their federal Member abstained from supporting the wishes of 62% of the Oz electorate.

      2. zut alors

        The ABC has just published a slightly different abstain list:

        Barnaby Joyce (Nationals)
        Tony Abbott (Liberals)
        Andrew Hastie (Liberals)
        Michael Sukkar (Liberals)
        Kevin Andrews (Liberals)
        Scott Morrison (Liberals)
        George Christensen (LNP)
        Rick Wilson (Liberals)

    2. AR

      At least this time he made it out of the Chamber before the doors were closed.
      Still fleet on his feet, pity about the head.

      1. AR

        .. oops, this was in reply to Zut @2.19pm.

  2. drsmithy

    How many of those grubs singing along – particularly on the Labor side – voted in favour of changing the marriage act to make same-sex marriage illegal in the first place ?

    Despite many who have claimed to, it isn’t something I can imagine anyone genuinely having a Damascus moment about.

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