20 Nov Banking Royal Commission – Standing Order No. 30, postponed parliament won’t stop MPs
The Federal Government is trying to deny the Australian people a Royal Commission into the Banks. The Federal Government is postponing Parliament to 4 December until after the New England by-election (2 December) so that it’s numbers are not challenged on the floor of Parliament.
On 27 March 2017, the Hon Bob Katter introduced to The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia the People of Australia’s Commission of Inquiry (Banking and Financial Services) Bill 2017. The Bill is for an Act to establish a People of Australia’s Commission of Inquiry into banking and financial services in Australia, and for related purposes which Nationals Member of Parliament George Christensen has said he will cross the floor and support. This is the reason the Government is delaying Parliament – they don’t want this voted on.
The establishment of the People of Australia’s Commission of Inquiry (Banking and Financial Services) ensures that those who have undergone financial hardship due to another’s unlawful misconduct will have access to justice and a platform from which to pursue their rights. The Bill is compatible with human rights and seeks to establish a People of Australia’s Commission of Inquiry (Banking and Financial Services), with protections for rights comparable to those of a Royal Commission.
Read more about the People of Australia’s Commission of Inquiry in my bestselling book “Get a Second Opinion Before You Sign: Lifting the Curtain on Lending Practices & the Australian Financial Services Industry” www.getasecondopinion.com.au
Bob Katter has stated that Parliament will sit on Monday whether it sits on the garden lawn or whether it sits in a building and that he will bring on the Royal Commission into the banks. “We don’t care, and it will vote, and it will make the laws of the land, because the laws of the country are quite clear: if you have a majority of the parliament then you make the laws. Malcolm, you as the king have certain powers, but the power that you don’t have is to make laws for this country. Only a majority of the parliament can do that and you do not have a majority.”
Labor and the Greens have joined with Independent MP Bob Katter in vowing to head to Canberra for parliament on Monday, whether parliament convenes or not.
The Turnbull government has postponed next week’s sitting of the House of Representatives in a move which has been slammed as “cowardly” and “like something out of a dictatorship” by Labor, but appears to be legitimate under Standing Order 30, which states that the speaker or a minister may change the meeting times of the House.
“There are dozens of pieces of legislation before the parliament that could be debated next week, and the government’s just decided that because parliament doesn’t suit them, they’re going to suspend it.”
Standing Order No. 30
Quorum during sitting If it appears, on the report of a division of the House by the tellers, that a quorum is not present, the President will adjourn the House to the next sitting day.