Adrian Lowe: That concludes our coverage of the Victorian Legislative Assembly this afternoon. Thanks for joining us.
Richard Willingham: Question Time is over, the house is moving on to government business.
Farrah Tomazin: "I can understand full well that what's gone on today isn't the best reflection of parliament, but we had to use mechanisms available to us," Jacinta Allan goes on to say.
Farrah Tomazin: Ms Allan has also asked why Planning Minister Matthew Guy was in Geoff Shaw's office while the vote was taking place.
"What deals have been done?" Ms Allan asks.
Farrah Tomazin: Jacinta Allan, the Labor member for Bendigo East who was ejected for six sitting days earlier this afternoon, is holding a press conference.
She says the premier has put the parliament to shame by suspending James Merlino, the deputy Labor leader, and herself in order "to save his skin".
Richard Willingham: Speaker says the question is out of order. Then he does not recognise Andrews when he stands to raise another point of order.
Education Minister Martin Dixon is answering a dixer on the Gonski backflip.
Richard Willingham: Mr Andrews asks the Premier to confirm that he has had no discussions with any of his government colleagues about the Speaker's future.
Ms Asher moves a point of order, says the question does not relate to government administration.
Richard Willingham: Mr Andrews asks the Premier if it is true that Planning Minister Matthew Guy sought the Speaker's resignation earlier on Tuesday.
Speaker rules the question out of order.
Richard Willingham: The second question from Andrews to Premier.
"Did you discuss the resignation of the member for Bass [Speaker Ken Smith] with any members of the government?"
Louise Asher says that is outside the boundaries of questions for the Premier.
The speaker allows questions.
"I have had no discussions with the Speaker or anyone else about the Speaker," the Premier answers.
Henrietta Cook: Planning minister Matthew Guy has emerged from Geoff Shaw's office after what sounded like some very intense discussions.
Richard Willingham: The first question is from OL Daniel Andrews to the Premier.
Mr Andrews cites a radio appearance from Dr Napthine where he said he had confidence in Mr Smith as Speaker.
"On what basis does the Premier have confidence in the Speaker?" Mr Andrews asks.
Premier says the Speaker was elected and is doing his job.
Richard Willingham: Speaker and the government now have a clear majority with Merlino joining Allan on the bench for the next six sitting says.
Shaw again not present for the vote.
Question Time begins, to bronx cheers from the government.
Richard Willingham: James Merlino is now named by the Speaker. Louise Asher moves that James Merlino be suspended for six sitting days.
Richard Willingham: Vote to remove Jacinta Allan for six days
42 Noes (ALP)
32 Yes (LIBS)
10 Yes (NAT)
And Speaker Ken Smith votes to remove Ms Allan as it "reinforces his rights as Speaker''.
Ms Allan, who is due to go on maternity leave, will now miss the next six sitting days.
She will have to forfeit her pay.
Jacinta Allan to Asher: you knew I was going on maternity leave next week and you have chosen to do this (suspend her) #springst — Farrah Tomazin (@FarrahTomazin) November 26, 2013
Richard Willingham: The bells are ringing; the vote is to remove Jacinta Allan.
Geoff Shaw is not in the house
Richard Willingham: Deputy Speaker Fyffe has approached the Speaker several times.
Jacinta Allan now moves a motion of no confidence, government does not grant leave, but Ms Allan says the gov do not have a majority either.
Speaker ask Ms Allan to leave. Ms Asher moves to suspend Allan for six days. They must have got Shaw back.
Farrah Tomazin: Labor trying to move no confidence motion. They want to test numbers. Still no Geoff Shaw though.
Richard Willingham: Labor frontbencher Martin Pakula says the government is now in paralysis because of the Speaker's defiance.
He says it is not just a matter of the parliament in chaos but also the government, because legislation is not being debated and passed.
Farrah Tomazin: Stating the obvious
Martin Pakula: what the people of Victoria want is for the parliament to get on with it #SpringSt (no kidding!)— Farrah Tomazin (@FarrahTomazin) November 26, 2013
Richard Willingham: Nationals Leader, and Deputy Premier, Peter Ryan says this is not the "village glee club'' there are standing orders that need to be followed.
Richard Willingham: Geoff Shaw is still not on the chamber.
Louise Asher says it is against the rules to raise the same point of order repeatedly.
Labor's John Eren, the member for Lara, interjects "there are no rules now, you have no authority''.
Deputy Labor Leader James Merlino says Labor would support the elevation of Deputy Speaker Christine Fyffe.
Merlino also says the government can move a motion of confidence in the Speaker to clarify his position.
Richard Willingham: There is a lot of interest of this. Apparently the parliament website's live feed has crashed...
Richard Willingham: Opposition leader Daniel Andrews is fighting back now.
"The rule books will not give you the majority that you need on the floor of this chamber.
"The only thing to do is for you to go.''
Richard Willingham: Geoff Shaw has left the chamber. Premier Denis Napthine is on his feet.
"You [Speaker] were elected speaker by this house, you were elected unopposed,'' Dr Napthine says.
"You have upheld the rules and traditions.
"The opposition has taken on a deliberate strategy of disruption.
"This is an organised political stunt.''
The government is digging its heels in.
Henrietta Cook: Labor says they are not being bullies and are simply upholding the democratic traditions of the Westminster system.
Richard Willingham: Dee Ryall, Liberal MP for Mitcham, says that in a normal workplace this behaviour from the Opposition would be considered "workplace bullying". She says this point of order should be thrown out.
Richard Willingham: Geoff Shaw is on his feet.
"This place needs a bit of dignity, you [speaker] need to do something about it."
Henrietta Cook: The lower house resumes.
Manager of opposition business Jacinta Allan to Speaker Ken Smith: "The only reason why you shut parliament down was because you got the nod from the Premier to shut it down."
Geoff Shaw is on his feet.
Richard Willingham: Parliament has resumed. Speaker Ken Smith says he has read all the rules. He rules Ms Allan's previous point of order is not in order.
And we continue down the same track...
Adrian Lowe: Thirsty, anyone?
Henrietta Cook: Geoff Shaw has taken a phonecall and appears to be engrossed in deep conversation. He is still in his seat.
The Premier has left the chamber.
Adrian Lowe (live blog editor): These folk were once popular, presumably more so than our current lot of MPs
Henrietta Cook: The opposition is goading Speaker Ken Smith in the hope that he names and eject them. If Labor challenge the ejection, there would be a vote. Geoff Shaw has previously declared that he has no confidence in the speaker. If he votes with Labor, the speaker will have lost his authority in the chamber.
Richard Willingham: Deputy Liberal leader Louise Asher and Planning Minister Matthew Guy have both entered the Speaker's office.
Henrietta Cook: "You should start behaving like a man", manager of opposition business Jacinta Allan shouted at Mr Smith before he suspended the house for 30 minutes. Premier Denis Napthine is looking very nervous. He hasn't moved.
Richard Willingham: PARLIAMENT HAS BEEN SUSPENDED. Deputy Speaker Christine Fyffe follows Mr Smith into his chamber.
Henrietta Cook: Speaker Ken Smith throws out the Opposition's point of order again.
It has now been 44 minutes since Question Time began. Farcical scenes in state parliament.
Henrietta Cook: "You are an embarrassment and should resign immediately," Shadow Treasurer Tim Pallas shouts into the microphone, looking at Mr Smith.
Dennis Denuto (Tiriel Mora) in action.
Richard Willingham: Argument of the day goes to Treasurer Michael O'Brien who said Labor is behaving like The Castle's Dennis Denuto.
Mr O'Brien says Labor's push for a vote is based on "the vibe''.
Richard Willingham: Shadow Treasurer Tim Pallas shouts: "You can no longer be called HONOURABLE Speaker..."
Henrietta Cook: Geoff Shaw leans over and has a quiet word with Nationals MP Tim Bull. Treasurer Michael O'Brien stands up to speak but we can't hear a word due to the shouting in the chamber.
Richard Willingham: Speaker Ken Smith: "This is outrageous behaviour."
Richard Willingham: Both Geoff Shaw and Premier Denis Napthine are sitting quietly throughout the chaos.
Henrietta Cook: Government continues to argue that it would be against standing orders for a vote to be held.
Geoff Shaw picks up a book and begins to look through it — perhaps it's the standing orders?
Richard Willingham: Deputy Premier Peter Ryan argues if there a vote, it would be in breach of standing orders.
Meanwhile all seats in the public and press galleries are full. Greens Leader Greg Barber from the upper house watches on.
Geoff Shaw remains calm in the back row, playing on his phone as arguments are heard.
Henrietta Cook: Jacinta Allan calls Ken Smith a "coward."
"You would prefer to see the parliament descend into a farce rather than test your authority."
Richard Willingham: Labor cannot simply call a no confidence in the Speaker without leave because there is no parliamentary mechanism for that.
Richard Willingham: Jacinta Allan remains on her feet, says there is a motion of no confidence in her name. She wants it tested, saying it would "resolve" the standoff.
"Your history of bias[ed] rulings has lead us to this point,'' Ms Allan says.
"It is not the Opposition's fault that you have lost confidence, it is your own behaviour.''
Henrietta Cook: Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge gets up to answer Andrew McIntosh's question. Opposition members shout. It's impossible to hear.
Jacinta Allan refuses to sit down. Ken Smith won't throw her out. He reminds the Opposition that everything is being recorded.
Richard Willingham: Parliament is now in chaos. Speaker ignores Ms Allan and give the call to the Liberal member for Kew, Andrew McIntosh for Question Time. He cannot be heard.
Allan on her feet, Speaker on his feet.
"I have rejected your point of order, I have ruled it out of order,'' Smith says.
This is a rabble.
Henrietta Cook: Speaker: I don't up hold the point of order.
"What's your point of order," he asks manager of opposition business Jacinta Allan.
A Labor backbencher shouts at Mr Smith: "Resign".
Richard Willingham: Treasurer Michael O'Brien says Speaker Smith was elected unopposed at the start of the parliament. He urges the Speaker to uphold the standing orders and throw out Ms Allan's position.
Shadow Treasurer Tim Pallas says Labor wants a statement from Speaker about how he still has authority.
"This parliament deserves a response,'' Mr Pallas said.
Henrietta Cook: Altona MP Jill Hennessy says Mr Smith does not have the support of the majority of members in the chamber.
"It is incredibly undemocratic to have a question time when the majority of people don't support you."
The mood in parliament is subdued, the packed gallery looks on in wonder. Geoff Shaw is looking down at his phone.
Richard Willingham: Competing points of order on whether Ms Allan's point of order is in fact a point of order (understand?)
James Merlino, Labor's deputy leader, says Mr Smith does not have majority support in the parlaiment. Coalition MPs are yelling out "wrong''.
Neale Burgess from the Libs up now.
Henrietta Cook: Opposition leader Daniel Andrews says Victorians deserve answers from Speaker Ken Smith.
"All Victorians are entitled to a response from you in relation to the fact that you have clearly lost a majority of support on the floor of this chamber."
Richard Willingham: Jacinta Allan continues to ask the Speaker if he will test the numbers, she says Mr Smith's position is "untenable".
Ms Allan says Smith "took his bat and ball home'' last session.
Attorney-General argues that Ms Allan's point of order is in fact out of order.
Henrietta Cook: Deputy Liberal leader Louise Asher, who runs government business, says a point of order is not an opportunity to ask the Speaker a specific question. "Questions are not able to be posed to you," she says.
Richard Willingham: Bendigo East Labor MP Jacinta Allan is on her feet, asking Speaker Ken Smith about his reflection on his position.
Richard Willingham: Geoff Shaw not in parliament for opening prayers, arrives after prayers.
Richard Willingham: Labor confirms that Fiona Richardson WILL be granted a pair for parliament. MPs are now filing in as the bells ring.
Richard Willingham: If Question Time goes ahead, it's likely there will be some commentary on the Gonski deal being torn up.
Henrietta Cook: Did anyone bring popcorn?
Packed public gallery at #springst this arvo. They are in for a ride.— Henrietta Cook (@henriettacook) November 26, 2013
Richard Willingham: Good afternoon folks, all is set for Parliament to resume at 2pm.
There is still no clear indication of how the standoff between Speaker Ken Smith and Independent Geoff Shaw will play out.
Labor is promising to resume its tactics from a fortnight ago.
Richard Willingham: Retirement watch:
Labor's John Pandazopoulos is not contesting next years state election #springst— Richard Willingham (@rwillingham) November 26, 2013
The state government is controversially considering whether it will continue to grant a pair for a Labor MP who is undergoing treatment for cancer.
Up until now, Northcote MP Fiona Richardson had been granted a pair while she was treated for breast cancer.
Government whip Bill Tilley emerged from the party room shortly before 11.30am on Tuesday and said "negotiations were continuing" in regards to Ms Richardson.
Geoff Shaw arrived at Parliament today sporting a baseball cap.
Independent MP Geoff Shaw arrives at State Parliament. Photo: Wayne Taylor
Farrah Tomazin: Politicians have managed to unite for White Ribbon Day.
Henrietta Cook: Rogue independent Frankston MP Geoff Shaw still does not support speaker Ken Smith.
Manager of government business Louise Asher said she had no idea what would happen in State Parliament when it resumes today after a two-week suspension.
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