Quite a tally.
"The Member for [insert seat here] will leave under 94(a)" 1 Nationals MP and 25 Labor MPs booted from QT this week pic.twitter.com/57GZkIq1um— Alex Ellinghausen (@ellinghausen) June 26, 2014
As the Ramones might say, "we're outta here".
But before we outta, what did we learn today?
- There is a detente between Tony Abbott and Clive Palmer. Tea has been drunk;
- Police guards of honour are highly effective guards against questions;
- The PM sure can rhyme;
- MH370 is still missing; and
- It is possible to drink too much Up&Go.
Many thanks for tuning in this week. And thanks also to Fergus Hunter, Gabrielle Hooton, Marija Taflaga, Frank Keany and Michael Pacci for their behind-the-scenes help.
Alex Ellinghausen and I look forward to seeing you in just over a week for the brand new Senate kids.
The House is adjourned. It will next sit again on July 8 to hear Japanese President Shinzo Abe address a joint sitting of Parliament.
Labor's amendment has been knocked back.
And the carbon tax repeal bills go through on the voices (without a formal vote).
The process has started towards a vote on the carbon tax repeal.
It began with Environment Minister Greg Hunt splitting the Clean Energy Finance Corporation abolition (which Labor, the Greens and PUP oppose) out from the package of bills.
Labor is now trying to move amendments (to move to an ETS, as per their election policy).
Bells are ringing.
Some MPs look like they would like to go home.
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Today's collection of Labor MPs who were Bronwyned during question time.
Another 7 Labor MPs booted from Question Time by Madam Speaker pic.twitter.com/QQqBMr49hJ— Alex Ellinghausen (@ellinghausen) June 26, 2014
Or Ed Husic.
Especially if you're Richard Marles
There have been a few votes (divisions) to get to this point.
At this time of night - and at this stage of the sitting week - things are a bit more relaxed.
The mining tax repeal has passed the House (again).
81 votes to 45.
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While the House considers the mining tax repeal "in detail," some news from the Senate.
You may remember that yesterday, the lower house passed the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consquential and Transitional Provisions) Bill.
This mouthful ammends about 250 governance acts.
At the time, Labor unsuccessfully moved to keep the Commonwealth Cleaning Services Guidelines (for cleaners employed on government contracts).
Today, the Senate passed the governance bill and - with its better numbers in the Senate - Labor successfully moved to keep the cleaning guidelines.
Tony Burke has described it as a "win for some of Australia's lowest paid workers".
The cleaning union has called it as a "huge victory".
Back in the House, the mining tax repeal debate is back on.
(We are inching towards a vote here.)
Albo says repealing the tax is "the antithesis of national building".
Nationals MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Finance Minister Michael McCormack replies that the mining tax has done damage to Australia's international reputation.
It "scared off" investors.
It's the last day of Parliament for the senators who are retiring on 30 June.
Here's a list of all twelve of them.
This includes outgoing National Ron Boswell, who was first elected in 1983.
Leaving the Senate in good hands. It's been a great run. pic.twitter.com/BsBGYFQqip— Senator Ron Boswell (@SenatorBossie) June 26, 2014
In proof that Senate committee reports can pack a wallop, the Senate's Economics Committee has recommended a royal commission into the Commonwealth Bank.
This to investigate fraud, forgery and allegations of a cover-up in its financial planning arm.
Thousands of Australians lost their life savings as a result of allegedly shoddy financial advice given to them by Commonwealth Bank planners.
The proposed royal commission would also make recommendations about ASIC and "any regulatory or legislative reforms that may be required".
Adele Ferguson and Ben Butler have the story here.
The orange area is the new priority search area.
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The new MH370 search area has not really been mapped before.
Truss says this is not unusual.
"There's probably more of the ocean unmapped than mapped."
Dolan says the assumption is that the plane was on autopilot after it turned south past the tip of Sumatra.
Martin Dolan from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says that it is is "highly, highly likely" that MH370 was operating on autopilot when it ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean.
This is due to the "orderly" path it took.
"This search is a major undertaking," says Truss. "The search will still be painstaking ... it could take another twelve months."
Truss is talking about a new priority search area for MH370, further south (following more analysis of the satellite data).
It will take up about 60,000 square kilometres "along the arc" [of the flight path] in the southern Indian Ocean.
There will be mapping of the sea floor and then a comprehensive search of the sea floor when the mapping is done.
There is a Chinese and an Australian ship doing the mapping.
It should take about three months.
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