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George Christensen crosses the floor, votes with Labor

SMH  |  20 June 2017  |  News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebel government backbencher George Christensen has crossed the floor and voted with Labor to protect workers' penalty rates, in an embarrassing blow to the Turnbull government.

It is extremely rare for MPs to cross the floor and vote against their own side, but Mr Christensen's move has been a long time coming, as he has threatened to do so on previous occasions.

On Tuesday night, the Queensland MP initially abstained when Labor attempted to amend the Turnbull government's Fair Work Amendment bill so that it protected workers' take-home pay.

But Labor then put forward Mr Christensen's own amendment to that bill, which is designed to stop the Fair Work Commission's order to cut penalty rates.

Read More: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/blow-to-malcolm-turnbull-as-mp-george-christensen-crosses-the-floor-votes-with-labor-on-penalty-rates-20170620-gwv2tp.html

 

 



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