Premier Daniel Andrews and rogue MPs for Carrum and Frankston have denied over half million constituents their right to democracy by thwarting the swearing in of Nationals colleague Luke O’Sullivan on Tuesday.
Legislative Council Speaker Bruce Atkinson said that contrary to long-standing parliamentary convention, Daniel Andrews and Labor MPs had turned Mr O’Sullivan’s appointment into a ‘political football’.
The seat of Northern Victoria in the Legislative Council was vacated by Damian Drum in May and Mr O’Sullivan was preselected in late July, in compliance with party rules.
Under normal conventions, a new member of parliament is sworn in at the earliest convenience at a joint sitting of parliament.
That joint sitting has now been refused by the Government.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Scrutiny of Government Inga Peulich:
“The contempt that Sonia Kilkenny and Paul Edbrooke have shown to the Victorian Parliament and the Parliamentary process is disgusting.”
“Daniel Andrews and local Labor MPs have placed their own self-interest ahead of the Victorian constitution and 150 year of convention.”
“Kilkenny and Edbrooke have shown a disturbing lack of respect for people, processes and institutions by using O’Sullivan as a political football and denying democracy.”
ATTACHMENT: Legislative Council Notice Paper No. 82