I would have loved to have been watching the face of Peter Dutton as this happened. Although like Supreme Court decisions not going his way he probably will choose to ignore the advice. Because the Australian Parliament voted to accept New Zealand’s offer to take refugees from Manus Island.
From Mark Kenny at the Sydney Morning Herald:
The Turnbull government has been embarrassed by a shock loss on the floor of the House of Representatives.
The defeat on Monday afternoon occurred when Labor and some crossbenchers combined to back a motion supporting New Zealand’s offer to resettle refugees from Manus Island.
But two members of the government – Trade Minister Steve Ciobo and Liberal National Party backbencher Warren Entsch – didn’t show up, triggering the 73-72 defeat.
The vote was unfortunately short lived.
Speaker Tony Smith used an escape clause in the House of Representatives standings orders to allow the vote to take place again. The grounds for a new vote were that the absent MPs had not intended to abstain but were simply absent at the crucial moment due to “misadventure”.
When the missing Coalition MPs were allowed to participate, the result was overturned.
Mr Ciobo and Mr Entsch were invited to explain to Parliament why they cited “misadventure”. Neither provided details, prompting heckles from Labor.
Note the twisting of standing orders beyond breaking point.
So no lasting damage. Shame really. The current Government’s position is totally inhumane.