Conservative senator Cory Bernardi has called for Parliament to be suspended until the constitutional crisis engulfing a growing number of MPs can be resolved.
Senator Bernardi, who has led the Australian Conservatives after breaking away from the Liberal Party, warned the crisis had caused people to lose faith in Federal Parliament.
"I believe there is only one way forward for this Parliament and that is for the Prime Minister to prorogue the Parliament, [and] effectively end this session pending the outcome of the High Court, pending any by-elections that may be necessary," he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.
UPDATE: Senator Bernardi's prorogue call was made before revelations that Nationals Senators Nash and O'Sullivan, and Senator Xenophon, may also have reason to be excluded from the senate via section 44 of the Constitution. The Senator has repeated the call for a parliamentary recess pending High Court outcomes over the weekend.