Constitutional expert Anne Twomey says if the government claims the refugee bill is a money bill, and the House votes for that bill, that is a sign the government has lost control of Parliament and could be grounds for snap election #auspol
Professor Anne Twomey tells Sky that by arguing this medivac bill is a money bill, the Solicitor-Gen's legal opinion ups the political stakes. If the House still decides to pass it - the defeat of a money bill leads directly to the argument that the govt has lost control of Parlt
Wow! Anne Twomey says the Govt has raised the stakes. By raising the constitutionality of this bill it has also made its own position even more tenuous. Losing a ‘money bill’ = losing grip on power.
.@PatsKarvelas: Do [the Coalition] have to implement the law?
Anne Twomey: Well, if it's a law, it's a law of the land & the law applies to govt as much as everyone else, that's the whole principle of the rule of law, so yes.
4pm: government tables advice saying the refugee bill is unconstutional
5pm: Anne Twomey says the parliament can still pass the bill anyway and that if the government loses then maybe they've lost control of parliament
Anne Twomey told Sky the Sol-Gen's advice is fair & balanced. She said the High Court has ruled s53 of Constitution non justiciable - in other words, Parlt & not the court must decide if bill goes to a vote. But deeming it a money bill raises the confidence issue if it's passed.