And on that note, we shall call it a night.
The government was able to have that vote again, because of a procedure called a recommittal, which basically means Christopher Pyne argued that the vote didn’t properly reflect the chamber’s will. Once the apologies occurred, the chamber had the vote to have the vote and by that time the government had the numbers and then won the vote. And it was the Greens motion, which Labor supported (it was moved by Adam Bandt)
I’ve been informed it is actually about the fifth time the government has lost a vote in the House of Representatives. No wonder Malcolm Turnbull didn’t look happy.
The marriage equality debate will continue tonight before being picked up again tomorrow. At this stage, the house will run out of time to vote on it by the end of the sitting week, if all the speakers stay on the list and then the amendments are dealt with. We shall see.
Milo Yiannopoulos will speak to any interested MPs and staff in one of the parliament function/dining rooms tomorrow, at the invitation of David Leyonhjelm. Yay.
We should get to banning foreign donations sometime in the near future. As soon as the government finishes dealing with bills it makes a priority, in this case, the superannuation changes, and then filibusters on and then pulls from the priority list when the crossbench support seemingly dissipates, in the Senate.
And we have more citizenship saga to look forward to. How members will be referred is still being worked out but the government is not ruling out using its numbers (plus a crossbencher) to force opposition referrals. That has some way to play out.
Oh, and be prepared to never want to hear the word “Bennelong” again. Because the government is going to use every opportunity it has (read: dixer) to talk about that byelection.
(And for those wondering, there is still no official Queensland election result. This is going to take some time, as the Election Commission Queensland are now making their way through postal votes)
But in the meantime, congratulations on making it through Monday! And for helping me through it! For those asking, it doesn’t look as though Barnaby Joyce will be back in the parliament anytime before at least Thursday, which means the government is going to be short on the numbers for a few days more. That makes Bob Katter’s vote with the government pretty important today. Make sure you watch for that.
The biggest of thank yous to Mike Bowers and please make sure you check out his Twitter and Instagram for more of today’s insanity. As always, thank you to the Guardian Australia brains trust for all their help and typo catching (which are always just mine) and again to you, for reading, tweeting, and playing along. Even those of you who seemed a bit cranky today. We have three (scheduled) days left and I promise you we will get through them.
I’ll see you back here just after 8am tomorrow for more fun and games. Have a wonderful night.
The unavoidably detained Steve Ciobo
We have had the final divide and the motion was voted down, 74-73.
It is at this point that Labor would like to remind you that Anthony Albanese didn’t lose a vote in the three years he oversaw a (minority) government’s business.
This is either the third or fourth time this has happened to this government. Which includes one in the first week of the 45th parliament. A nice bookend then.
See what I mean about the mood?
That feeling when you lose a vote the first day back after suspending parliament the week before. (That’s Bob Katter siding with the government there.)
So much being said in one photo:
Tony Smith wants the two who missed the vote to explain why they missed the vote.
Steve Ciobo apologises for missing it. “I was unfortunately detained and not able to get here on time,” he says.
If I had known that was all you had to say, my teen years would have been a lot easier.
Warren Entsch also apologises and says it was “members’ misadventure”.
Smith says they have confirmed they did not deliberately miss the vote and calls the divide again.
From my perusal of that list, Steve Ciobo looks like he was the other missing MP.
Actually, we must have had two missing persons.
I’m guessing Warren Entsch may have been one, as he was on Sky.
Working on finding out who the second one was.
Government loses vote in House of Representatives
Back in the House, the chamber just had a division to agree with a Senate resolution to accept the New Zealand offer to settle refugees in Australia’s offshore detention centres.
It was won 73 to 72. Christopher Pyne is calling for the House to divide again, which is just code for someone missed the division.
So the government lost the vote. But is calling for another one.
Speaking to David Speers on Sky, Warren Entsch is making the argument to keep any amendments to the marriage equality legislation separate from the legislation itself. He says the inquiry the government has set up (led by Philip Ruddock) is the place for anything else to be considered but he also believes that as time moves on “a lot of the fear will dissipate”.
The Greens have put forward a motion condemning “the offensive behaviour of alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos, as well as any senator who seeks to use parliament to provide a platform for the hate, abuse or harassment of women, Jews and members of the LGBTIQ and multicultural communities.”
From Richard Di Natale’s statement:
The Senate today condemned the despicable behaviour of Milo Yiannopoulos and any senator, like Senator David Leyonhjelm, who seeks to use the Australian parliament to provide a platform for people who preach hate and incite abuse and harassment of minority groups.
Milo Yiannopoulos is a white supremacist, a paedophilia apologist and a shameless self-promoter completely lacking in moral character. He aims to lower our political discourse into the sewer and turn neighbour against neighbour for the sake of his own bank account. It is a disgrace that Senator David Leyonhjelm is bringing him to our parliament.
Our parliament should be a place that celebrates the diversity of our community, not one where peddlers of hate are given a platform to preach their abuse.
Unfortunately the parliament’s presiding officers declined the Greens’ call to revoke his permission to speak here, which would have been the appropriate action. But we do commend the ALP and the Senate crossbench for standing with us and refusing to let hate go unchecked.
At this stage, it doesn’t look like we will have an answer on citizenship referrals or an end to the marriage equality legislation debate by the end of the week. This could change, and very quickly, but right now time is not on our side.
As you can imagine, the mood is not overly festive in this place right now.