She could try to introduce her own bills but she wouldn't get enough votes. I don't know if she's really that much of a danger. Otherwise we might see another double dissolution election in the near future
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04-07-2016 21:22 #361
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04-07-2016 21:29 #363
Made the mistake of looking at Pauline's policy re same sex marriage:
"If we allow the politicians to cast their vote on the floor of Parliament, then they have allowed the meaning of the word marriage to also incorporate same sex couples. If this is to occur, we must have the foresight to ask, “will it end there and what guarantee do we have, that in time, multiple marriages or marriage to children as young as 9 years of age, as is the customs and religious beliefs of Islam, be implemented”? "
04-07-2016 21:32 #364
Why can't we be more like that?
Don't be like America #belikecanada
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Note - sarcasm.
In all seriousness though, I wish that there was prerequisite of comprehensive of IQ and psychometric testing before nomination in any local, state or federal election. It may weed out some of the fringe nut jobs.
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04-07-2016 21:36 #367
Pauline (and other cross-benchers) won't need to provide a good reason for not backing legislation put up by the government of the day - they can just not vote for it. They can come up with some half-@rsed reason if they like, but really, they don't need a reason. Behind the scenes, or even out in open debate, they can say things like 'I won't pass this tax bill (or whatever), until the government listens to my concerns about this mad thing', and hold the government to ransom a bit.
Going from rough memory here - but I think it was Andrew Wilke (independent) who did this sort of thing with Julia Gillard - made gambling reform (I think) a condition of his support for other unrelated legislation.
Cross-benchers (in either house) are incredibly powerful in a hung parliament.
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