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O'Brien - Labor arrogantly shuts down Parliament, dodges 130 questions

Friday, 1 November 2019

Labor arrogantly shuts down Parliament, dodges 130 questions

The 2020 Parliamentary sitting calendar - released late on the Friday before the Melbourne Cup - shows that the Andrews Labor Government is again hiding from scrutiny and refusing to be accountable to Victorians.

Labor’s “part-time Parliament” will sit for only 46 days in 2020.

By contrast, between 2000 and 2018, the average number of sitting days in a non-election year was around 50.

In the two years since the 2018 election, Daniel Andrews is averaging just 45 sitting days per year; the lowest number this century.

That is 5 fewer days a year to hold the Labor Government accountable.

That is 5 fewer Question Time periods in each chamber, meaning 130 fewer questions that Government Ministers are required to face each year.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Michael O’Brien:

“Once again, Labor is stopping the Parliament from properly scrutinising the government by restricting its sitting days.

“Under Daniel Andrews, Labor Ministers have never been better paid but have rarely done less work in the Parliament.

“2019 and 2020 will see the lowest number of sitting days for a non-election year this century.

“The arrogance of Daniel Andrews means that he and his Ministers are dodging accountability by the Opposition and the media.

“It’s no surprise Daniel Andrews released the dates on a Friday afternoon when most Victorians are set to enjoy an extended break and the focus is firmly on the Melbourne Cup. 

“It is undemocratic. Victorians deserve much better”.