Extra MPs bid fails
The Nationals’ second attempt to add two more MPs to WA’s Lower House has failed, with the Liberal and Labor parties defeating a motion to bring the legislation up for debate by 49 votes to six.
After the Legislative Council passed the legislation this month, Speaker Michael Sutherland ruled the Bill out of order because it involved expenditure. The Constitution prohibits Bills that authorise Government spending from starting in the Upper House.
Nationals leader Brendon Grylls moved a motion to have the Bill reinstated in the Legislative Assembly. Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said the Bill subverted the Constitution.
Liberal Eyre MP Graham Jacobs, whose former seat was abolished at the last redistribution, opposed the timing.