The end of another big week. Parliament rises later tonight and will resume on Monday.
To sum up:
* the opposition changed its mind on party funding and told the govenrment it could no longer support the legislation;
* the opposition says community sentiment was the reason behind its change of heart while the government says this is proof the opposition is not to be trusted;
* the Greens and cross bench say it is a victory for people power;
* Labor Senator David Feeney has emerged as the contender to replace former Martin Ferguson in the seat of Batman; and
* someone threw a sandwich at the PM. Again.
Big thanks to Andrew Meares (who broke sandwichgate) and Alex Ellinghausen for their photographs. An especially big thanks to the readers and contributors whose wit on sandwichgate gave me more than a few chuckles.
See you on Monday morning, bright and early.
At 3.19pm I posted a picture of the opposition's foreign affairs spokesman, Julie Bishop, as she left the chamber after being sent out for rowdy behaviour.
She offered a parting shot but no one quite heard it. Can you make it out from the video?
What did she say?
Deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop spits the dummy as she is ejected from parliament. But what did she say?
Before the curious incident of the salami sandwich we were focused on party funding and whether Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has been dodgy because he reneged on his deal with the government to support the legislation or has listened to the will of the people.
At 1.12pm I directed you to a story about who might get the nod from the Labor Party to run in former minister Martin Ferguson's seat of Batman.
Our Victorian state political reporter, Richard Willingham, has the news that Labor right heavy hitter David Feeney looks likely to get the nod.
The Minister for Childcare, Kate Ellis, cares not for sandwichgate:
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so, millions of $$ of extra funding for our children's education as another signs up, or a stray sandwich. Whats the important story here?!!— Kate Ellis (@KateEllisMP) May 30, 2013
Question time is over however the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, has sought to clarify an allegation made by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, in an earlier question. Ms Gillard said Mr Abbott had never asked for an ASIO briefing during the life of this Parliament. (This would be convenient for the government which has been subjected to the opposition's questions about their commitment to national security throughout the week.) But Mr Abbott produced a list of about 15 occasions on which he did receive briefings.
...and an adieu to her parliamentary colleagues until next week (when Parliament returns).
At least she leaves with her head held high....
And the deputy opposition leader, Julie Bishop, is also sent out of question time for interjecting too much.
This diminishes her chances of being able to pursue the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, as to whether the government is too soft on national security.
To you and me this man is the opposition's spokesman on immigration, Scott Morrison. To the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, he is "one of the masters of fear". Mr Morrison joins colleagues Peter Dutton and Ewen Jones in being required by the Speaker to leave the chamber. The Minister for Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten, is on a warning.Back to top
Halfway into question time and nothing on party funding.
In an otherwise drab question time (give them a break - it's Thursday and everyone wants to go home asap) but the Minister for Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten, makes a valiant attempt at humour by accusing the opposition of barracking for the "Sheriff of Nottingham".
At least he didn't say the opposition went for Collingwood.
The Opposition Leader likes to "go the biff" apparently, according to the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, who likes the phrase so much he uses it twice.
But it raised the ire of the opposition which succeeded in getting the Speaker, Anna Burke, to rule that Mr Swan should withdraw the comment (which he did).
This amuses the public gallery. The Speaker reminds the gallery it is a serious issue. Which it is. The opposition does not like mentions of the heated exchange, shall we call it, between Mr Abbott and a fellow student back in his boisterous youth.
Or you could go for the other question time.
LIVE in a few mins on #kattersqt - jump online & ask me anything!— Hon Bob Katter MP (@RealBobKatter) May 30, 2013
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The vision of sandwichgate.
Prime Minister cops another sandwich
RAW VISION: Captured from two different angles, a sandwich is thrown at the Prime Minister while she greets school students.
Here's independent MP Bob Katter presenting a copy of one of his trademark hats to the Indonesian ambassador, Nadjib Riphat Kesoema. He even put a ribbon on it.
The Minister for Defence Materiel, Mike Kelly, can rest easy (see 1.25pm post). The opposition has granted him a pair so that he might attend his United Nations arms treaty conference.
No, that's not a sandwich shield the ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, is holding. It's a copy of the agreement Ms Gallagher signed with the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, this morning regarding school funding (see 11.25am post and a full version of the story about education reform here).
Some other news and views to keep you going through until question time:
* chief political correspondent Mark Kenny has written this piece critical of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's handling of the party funding issue;
PS. I'm really enjoying everyone's comments on sandwichgate. Yes, I know it's not the most important thing in the world but come one, it's hard to be witty and erudite about party funding. My favourites thus far are R.C from Sydney who pointed out "There is such a thing as a free lunch" and dexxter (sic) from Melbourne who said "This is what happens when politicians are hamming it up rather than governing". Nicely played peeps.
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