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The dual citizenship judgment reveals Labor’s true character

28 October 2017

2:01 PM

28 October 2017

2:01 PM

They say a crisis brings out our real character. If we want an example of Labor’s character as a political actor in Parliament, we only have to look at its wrecking ball response to the High Court’s decision on the dual citizenship of seven parliamentarians. Would we characterise it as good for the country, or is it just a party political strategy to poke the Coalition in the eye, causing as much damage as possible to the management of the country?

Labor has threatened to challenge decisions made since the last election by ousted Nationals Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash, with deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek declaring several new laws are “under a legal cloud”, the Daily Telegraph reports:

Seizing on the uncertainty in the Turnbull government, she tried to cast doubt on the entire legislative agenda of the government since its first parliamentary sitting week of 2016.

“Every decision made by both Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash since October last year is under a legal cloud,” Ms Plibersek said, indicating her party would take its time to work through each legislative item…

Without Mr Joyce in parliament, Labor leader Bill Shorten will look at reintroducing laws that missed out by one vote, including a Banking Royal Commission and a move to try to overturn the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut weekend penalty rates.

Labor will also consider challenging some of the major announcements Mr Joyce and Ms Nash made, particularly water infrastructure investment decisions…

Just what this country needs, an opportunistic Labor party, circling like a vulture, to feast on the politically dead.

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