Tony Windsor Attacks Tony Abbott

Tony Windsor, the independent member for New England, has attacked Opposition Leader Tony Abbott during a motion to suspend Standing Orders in Parliament today.

Dealing With Craig Thomson: An Impressive Debate

An impressive Matter of Public Importance debate took place in the House of Representatives this afternoon.

The MPI was devoted to the issue of how the House should treat Craig Thomson, the member for Dobell, in the light of allegations against him and his statement to the house yesterday.

Debate revolved around the nature of a censure and the arguments for and against suspending Thomson from the service of the House.

Mark Dreyfus, the Cabinet Secretary and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, put the case against punitive action most effectively in terms of proper process and the presumption of innocence.

Tony Windsor, the independent member for New England, provided an interesting comparison with the 1992 downfall of former NSW Liberal Premier Nick Greiner in another hung parliament.

This is the complete audio of the MPI debate:

  • Rob Oakeshott – Ind (15m)

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  • Mark Dreyfus – ALP (15m)

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  • Christopher Pyne – Lib (10m)

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  • Tony Windsor – Ind (10m)

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  • Harry Jenkins – ALP (10m)

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  • Julie Bishop – Lib (10m)

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  • Andrew Wilkie – Ind (10m)

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  • Stephen Jones – ALP (10m)

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Video: Sunday Political Talk Shows

Video of Meet The Press and The Bolt Report.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and independent Tony Windsor appeared on Meet The Press. Liberal Dennis Jensen appeared on The Bolt Report, Grace Collier discussed industrial relations, whilst John Della Bosca and Alexander Downer discussed the political week.

Minority Government Anniversary

Today is the anniversary of the agreement between the independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott that delivered minority government to Julia Gillard in the aftermath of an inconclusive August 21 election.

Here’s the audio of what the main players said on September 7, 2010.

  • Bob Katter announces his decision to support the Coalition.

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  • Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott announce their support for the ALP. This includes the famous rambling 17-minute speech from Oakeshott.

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  • Greens leader Senator Bob Brown comments on the decision of the independents.

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  • Julia Gillard’s victory press conference.

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Drama In The House As Speaker Jenkins Threatens To Resign

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Harry Jenkins, came close to resigning today.

The possibilities that could have flowed from his resignation are intriguing to consider.

Abbott moves a motion of confidence in Speaker Jenkins

What happened?

In the course of a raucous and disputatious Question Time, Jenkins warned and then named Liberal member Bob Baldwin for “continuing to interject after having been warned by the Chair”. “Naming” by the Speaker is the precursor to a motion to suspend the member from the service of the House.

The government’s Leader of the House, Anthony Albanese, accordingly rose and moved the motion to suspend Baldwin for 24 hours. [Read more…]

GILLARD PREVAILS; INDEPENDENTS BACK LABOR

Julia Gillard will lead Labor into a second term of government, following the decision by Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott to support the ALP.

Rob Oakeshott

Oakeshott and Windsor have just spoken to a packed press conference in Canberra. Windsor announced his decision first, speaking for around five minutes. Oakeshott spoke for 17 minutes.

With the support of the independent member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, and the Greens member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, the ALP will form a minority government with control of 76 votes in the 150 member House of Representatives.

After providing a Speaker, Labor will have a one-vote majority of 75-74 on the floor of the House.

Tony Windsor said the duo’s priority was for stable government and a government with longevity that can last a full three years.

The decision by the two independents followed Bob Katter’s announcement nearly two hours earlier that he would be supporting the coalition.

The historic decision brings to an end the inconclusive 2010 federal election held seventeen days ago on August 21.

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Tony Windsor Supports Labor

Tony Windsor, the independent member for New England, has announced that he will support a Gillard-led Labor minority government.

Tony Windsor

Windsor’s decision means it is now impossible for Tony Abbott to govern. Even if Rob Oakeshott were to support the coalition, it would only have 75 votes in the House, equal to the government.

Windsor’s decision was announced at a joint press conference with Rob Oakeshott in Parliament House. Oakeshott is speaking now.

Black Saturday Bushfires: Moving Speeches In Parliament For Victims

The House of Representatives was the scene today of a moving condolence motion for victims of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria.

The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, was not in attendance, having stayed in Melbourne, but his deputy, Julia Gillard, visibly affected, gave a magnificent speech to a silent chamber. She was followed by the Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull, who delivered an equally impressive and moving speech.

Audio recordings of all speeches are shown below. Click on the relevant PLAY button to listen.

  • Julia Gillard – Deputy Prime Minister

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  • Malcolm Turnbull – Leader of the Opposition

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  • Wayne Swan – Treasurer

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  • Julie Bishop – Deputy Leader of the Opposition

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  • Robert McClelland – Attorney-General

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  • Warren Truss – Leader of The Nationals

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  • Steve Gibbons, Member for Bendigo (ALP)

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  • Sharman Stone, Member for Murray (Lib)

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  • Catherine King, Member for Ballarat (ALP)

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  • David Hawker, Member for Wannon (Lib)

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  • Harry Jenkins, Speaker & Member for Scullin (ALP)

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Members also spoke about the Queensland flood situation:

  • Wayne Swan – Treasurer

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  • Warren Truss – Leader of The Nationals

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  • Tony Windsor – Member for New England (Ind) – on behalf of the independent member for Kennedy, Bob Katter.

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