New Zealand, yet again, shows us how a well-led Government in a democracy handles an existential threat. https://twitter.com/oz_f/status/1242550539323228161?s=21
Changed mind after #ScottyfromMarketing (1st use by me since the crisis hit) shut down Parliament. He wants his way all ways, very dangerous for all of us.
From what I’ve seen only Ten’s @vanOnselenP has done a big story & he’s not in the gallery.
DON’T SHUT DOWN PARLIAMENT.
How else can we get rid of Stuart Robert, a lying incompetent Minister with an ugly backstory (Morrison mate) in charge of CENTRELINK in #coronavirus world. FFS. https://twitter.com/bernardkeane/status/1242730122987225094?s=21
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They’re even more vital since Morrison shut down democracy’s official people’s voice - Parliament.
Lucky for Stuart Robert, serial rorter who lied to the people to cover up his Centrelink incompetence. PM’s MATE survives due to Parlie shutdown.
Yet the press gallery is silent. https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-s-time-to-loosen-the-blindfolds-transparency-needed-in-virus-figures-20200326-p54ea0.html
The federal government isn't releasing the figures related to the virus because the forecasts would be alarming. That needs to change.https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-s-time-to-loosen-the-blindfolds-transparency-needed-in-virus-figures-20200326-p54ea0.html
Parliament could force transparency.
Parliament could force him to, but (so?) he’s shut it down.
BRING BACK PARLIAMENT - journos can’t make him tell the truth on their own. https://twitter.com/annajhenderson/status/1243391105195855875?s=21
@AlboMP opposed Parliament shutdown - do something about it? https://twitter.com/c_s_wallace/status/1243396248566038528?s=21
So the people AND the outside experts are blindfolded.
Parliament, supposed to belong to THE PEOPLE, can make PM honest. He shut it down.
It now needs to virtually re-open now.
Our MPs need to be seen in their homes debating and questioning and making the PM & the Govt accountable in #coronavirusworld.
Morrison just shuts our parliamentary democracy down. Convenient end to the people’s scrutiny.
Oh, that would be the people’s Parliament he shut down.
Morrison shut It down till August, but may deign to bring it back for a moment to pass his latest economic package. Has he organised a virtual parliament yet?
Senators, please force him to release his #coronavirusworld forecasts while you’re there. And vote for committees to sit virtually?
Hoping Senate steps up, reconvenes in virtual form, and gets to work making Govt accountable, assessing response & planning for recovery.
PM doesn’t know, but gives impression it’s only to pass his bill then he’ll shut it down again.
Your move, @AlboMP.
Here? PM orders short sitting session to pass latest #coronavirusworld package then gone again till August.
Labor? Silent. Senate? Silent.
Here, zilch, without protest from Labor. What’s going on, @AlboMP?
Senate MUST force PM to release modelling after deputy CMO backtrack on pledge & vote to keep sitting.
Govt MUST be accountable to the people! https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/01/labor-says-parliament-should-sit-to-scrutinise-governments-coronavirus-emergency-powers
Call comes as civil liberties advocate warns extended adjournment is ‘unacceptable and dangerous for democracy’https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/01/labor-says-parliament-should-sit-to-scrutinise-governments-coronavirus-emergency-powers
PM blatantly avoiding accountibility to the people. That’s anti-democratic & dangerous.
UK can do it virtually & so can we.
What’s gone wrong here????
MPs please step up for the people & insist the People’s Parliament WORK in #coronavirusworld.
Any journos up to asking the ?
More than 100 MPs have backed calls for the creation of a “digital Parliament” s ministers can be held to account during the coronavirus crisis.https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/coronavirus-more-than-100-mps-call-for-digital-parliament-to-be-held-to-quiz-ministers-on-outbreak-response
ANOTHER pretend sitting - he WANTS freedom from democratic accountibility? No virtual parliament & an horrific call that Parliamentary democracy is not an essential service.
Protest drumbeat grows at unbridled power of PM in #coronavirusworld. https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/calls-for-greater-scrutiny-of-government-during-shutdown-20200401-p54g6m.html
Australia's government needs some parliamentary oversight even as parliament faces one of its longest shutdowns on record, according to a group of retired judges calling for an urgent new measure.https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/calls-for-greater-scrutiny-of-government-during-shutdown-20200401-p54g6m.html
Our PM calls small number of MPs to Canberra next week to quickly pass new #coronavirusworld laws as exeption to total shutdown till AUGUST.
Thank you, Malcolm.