Last-ditch reprieve still possible for FASEA bill

Despite the Senate insisting on the Centre Alliance’s amendment to the FASEA extension bill, the government has returned it to the House of Representatives a second time and is banking on a key cross-bench senator changing his vote.

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>ifa understands advice industry lobbyists are hoping to convince One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts to reverse his support of Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick's amendment. One Nation's Pauline Hanson voted for the government's motion not to accept the amendment earlier today in the Senate, but the motion was still defeated 34-32.

If Mr Roberts withdraws his support, a motion not to accept the amendment would be supported with a tied vote of 33, leaving the bill able to be passed through both houses.

If the Senate insists on the amendment a second time, the bill cannot be voted on any further unless section 57 of the constitution is triggered and both houses of Parliament are dissolved.

UPDATE: The bill has returned to the House of Representatives a second time late this afternoon, and will be debated again in the Senate tomorrow.

Last-ditch reprieve still possible for FASEA bill
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