Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke today moved to suspend standing orders in order to move a motion of no confidence in the Speaker, the Hon. Bronwyn Bishop MP.
Mr Burke said not since 1949 had an Opposition been forced to move this particular form of motion and regarded it as a last resort action in combatting the growing dysfunction in the House of Representatives.
“I do not move this motion lightly, however it is a sad state of affairs when the Parliament looks more like a protection racket to protect Tony Abbott from ever having to answer questions than a place of open and accountable debate.”
MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE:
Mr Burke: I move — That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Honourable Member for Watson from moving the following motion forthwith.
That the House has no further confidence in Madam Speaker on the grounds:
a) That in the discharge of her duties she has revealed serious partiality in favour of Government Members;
b) That she regards herself merely as the instrument of the Liberal Party and not as the custodian of the rights and privileges of elected Members of the Parliament;
c) That she constantly fails to interpret correctly the Standing Orders of the House; and
d) Of gross incompetency in her administration of Parliamentary procedure.