Min­is­ter says MPs locked up in ‘ jail’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A FED­ERAL Min­is­ter and fa­ther of five has la­belled Par­lia­ment a “jail” for its long and in­flex­i­ble hours and has urged a more fam­ily- friendly ap­proach.

The call for re­form by Re­sources Min­is­ter Matt Cana­van ( pic­tured) comes as LNP pres­i­dent Gary Spence today uses a speech to the party’s state con­ven­tion to pitch a shake- up to Par­lia­ment to al­low fam­i­lies more time at home, at­tract more qual­ity can­di­dates and save tax­pay­ers money.

“You can’t escape the jail,’’ Sen­a­tor Cana­van said, re­veal­ing how some MPs jok­ingly de­scribed Par­lia­ment House. “You can’t leave the House be­cause there could be a ( vote).”

Sen­a­tor Cana­van said when fam­i­lies came to Can­berra they were of­ten not seen be­cause politi­cians needed to stay at Par­lia­ment un­til late, and some­times past mid­night.

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