Turnbull government calls a week off as they are caught in citizenship rip

November 20, 2017

The Turnbull Government has drawn criticism for declaring today that it was cancelling the sitting of the House of Representatives next week, whereas the Senate will sit as scheduled.

The government declared it would postpone sitting awaiting a private members' bill passing the Senate to legislate the redefinition of marriage. Commentators noted that the government did not have the numbers for that sitting week until the New England by-election on 2 December, at which dual-citizenship tied Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce is widely expected to be returned.

Senator Cory Bernardi weighed in on Twitter, saying:

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