Bridget Archer says she does not want to meet the Prime Minister immediately after crossing the floor at the Integrity Committee | Australian politics
Liberal MP Bridget Archer says she does not want to be taken to a meeting with Scott Morrison after she crossed the floor in support of the Independent Parliament’s Integrity Commission bill.
The prime minister moved to quell domestic rebellions by speaking to Archer on Thursday afternoon and separately referring the controversial religious discrimination bill to a joint committee.
Morrison on Friday defended the “friendly” meeting with Archer after she supported Helen Haines’ bid to suspend standing orders to push for a stronger anti-corruption watchdog.
Archer met Morrison, Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, and Secretary of State, Marise Payne, after her bold move to vote against coalition He was only defeated because the procedural technique required an absolute majority.
On Friday, Morrison said it was a “very warm, friendly and supportive meeting” and did not describe it as “candid.”
“Bridget is a close friend and colleague, and I wanted to make sure she had the support,” he told reporters in Adelaide.
But Archer told Guardian Australia that while the meeting was friendly, it was “a frank discussion – not just a pastoral care meeting”.
“I would have preferred the meeting not take place at the time while I was feeling emotional,” she said.
Archer covered the meeting The decision to exercise her right to cross the land On the Integrity Commission and its views on religious discrimination.
Archer was offered a husband in the last week of Parliament, which would have nullified her ability to support proposals such as those which Haines had attempted, but refused.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese said Friday that Archer “has defended the National Integrity Commission which the government says is its own policy”.
“Why could Scott Morrison take action against Bridget Archer but remain silent about George Christensen?” Asked.
Christensen crossed the floor this week to vote against the government litigation funding bill, one of several members of Parliament and senators who have reserved the right to cross the floor or withhold their vote from government legislation unless it does more to combat the Covid-19 vaccine to states and improve the adverse event compensation scheme. .
With one final week for the 2021 session, the Morrison government faces revolutions over vaccine mandates, counties rights to legislate on euthanasia and the Religious Integrity and Freedom Commission.
Archer is one of a number of liberal MPs who are lobbying for Changes to protect LGBT students and teachers Along with a bill prohibiting religious discrimination that would give religious schools the powers to hire and fire to preserve their “spirit.”
On Friday, Attorney General Michaelia Cash referred the religious discrimination bill to the Joint Commission on Human Rights for a report by February 4, 2022.
Morrison had suggested that the bill be passed in the House of Representatives early next week before being presented to a Senate committee. But Labor on Thursday defeated the government’s bid for a Senate inquiry to report by February.
The government’s plan now is not to put the bill to the House of Representatives for a vote next week, but to wait for the investigation report.
Labor and moderate liberals, including Trent Zimmerman, believe the bill would be best dealt with by a joint committee that would allow MPs and senators to provide input and could improve the chance of bipartisan support.
Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg told The Guardian Australia it was “important” that stakeholders submit requests to the investigation with “a draft to fix issues with teachers and students”.
“What will appear is that we can fix it in one go,” he said.
The Joint Commission on Human Rights, which Cash selected as the forum for inquiry, is chaired by National Representative Ann Webster and co-chaired by Graham Perrett of the Labor Party.
Although the commission recently I stood up to the government over the voter identification proposal, is a relatively friendly forum for the religious discrimination bill because many of the more outspoken moderate liberals about the need to prevent discrimination on other grounds – such as Zimmerman, Bragg, Fiona Martin and Dave Sharma – did not participate in it.
Guardian Australia understands that Labor has not accepted the referral and is lobbying for a joint selection committee – which would allow any Member of Parliament or Senator to contribute to an investigation and a longer reporting period.
On Friday, Labor senators challenged Cash in Senate estimates to commit to submitting the coalition’s National Integrity Commission bill this year. It was “a decision of the government,” Cash said.
Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus said Australia needed a “strong and independent anti-corruption commission” and accused the Morrison government of doing “everything in its power to stop it”.
Financial Services Minister Jane Hume told Sky News that the government’s “intent” remains to introduce the Commission on Integrity bill this year.