Ab­bott tac­tics adopted by La­bor

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - AN­NIKA SMETHURST

LA­BOR has tried to de­rail the fed­eral Par­lia­ment for more than 1000 min­utes dur­ing the past year.

It also has set a record for at­tempt­ing to shut down Ques­tion Time on seven con­sec­u­tive days, us­ing the same tac­tics it slammed Tony Ab­bott for em­ploy­ing.

In an ef­fort to desta­bilise the Gov­ern­ment over the dual cit­i­zen­ship saga, La­bor moved its sev­enth con­sec­u­tive mo­tion to sus­pend Ques­tion Time on Wed­nes­day — a tac­tic that al­lows a La­bor front­bencher to de­liver a lengthy speech at­tack­ing the Gov­ern­ment dur­ing a time for pol­icy ques­tions.

In the sit­ting week of Au­gust 14-17, La­bor de­ployed the tac­tic ev­ery day, break­ing the streak set by Tony Ab­bott when he moved to “sus­pend stand­ing or­ders” on six con­sec­u­tive sit­ting days dur­ing the Gil­lard La­bor Gov­ern­ment.

La­bor has sus­pended stand­ing or­ders 33 times since Au­gust 30 last year, com­pared with 28 times in one year by the Coali­tion in op­po­si­tion.

Yes­ter­day, Leader of the House Christo­pher Pyne ac­cused La­bor of “waste­ful po­lit­i­cal point-scor­ing”.

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