Ex­tra MPs bid fails

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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.

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