Abbott tactics adopted by Labor
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”.