During this last Parliamentary sitting week, Mr Morrison and his Liberal-National Coalition Government vowed to use any tool or any ‘Canberra bubble’ political tactic to prevent the bill before parliament to allow for medical transfers from Nauru from coming to a vote. Extraordinarily, the Morrison Government did just that, stopping the Parliament and sending his team home early when there was still work to be done.
At the end of parliament sessions we usually sit late on the Thursday night or even Friday morning to enable legislation to move between the House of Representatives and the Senate to achieve concurrence. But not in 2019. Not under the Morrison Government, who simply allowed the House to adjourn.
This was all only about one thing, stopping the bill for medical transfers from Nauru to pass the Parliament with the support of Labor and the crossbench. He did this despite having other apparently critical pieces of legislation to pass, like his “big stick” energy divestment laws that potentially enable the privatisation of Queensland’s public electricity assets.
The chaos from within the Morrison Government has now completely overtaken the Parliament and ruined any semblance of a legislative agenda or national leadership.
Recently, Mr Morrison announced the 2019 sitting calendar doing two things. Firstly, confirming that the Parliament will only be sitting for ten days in the next eight months – so few sitting days in an eight month period has never happened since it commenced in 1901. Secondly, locking in a federal election to be held on either 11 or 18 May 2019.
2019 will be a big year. Bring it on!