On that note, we are going to, as Murph would say, land the plane and close the blog for the night.
We’ll be back early tomorrow morning, when all the parties meet to discuss policy, strategy, and, if you are the Nationals, how to stay together.
Llew O’Brien will have had his chat to the prime minister by then. He’ll be in joint party room, but not the Nationals party room. Which again, is not a punishment. It does rob him of the chance to do something about the leadership, which is the reason he left the party in the first place, but it doesn’t do anything else in terms of government numbers. It just reinforces how divided the Nats still are.
Although, I would pay good money to see Damian Drum’s reaction in the party room tomorrow. The man isn’t exactly known for being a wallflower.
Plus, Ken O’Dowd has probably done himself out of the deputy whip position, given he admitted on national television that he had voted against the party line, despite his job being to keep everyone toeing the party line.
I haven’t had this many giggles since my dad fell into a pond at my wedding while singing the Banana Boat Day-O song and lost his car keys.
Thank you to everyone who joined us today. We will be back early tomorrow. You can catch me on Twitter or Instagram in the meantime. Mike Bowers, Sarah Martin, Paul Karp and Katharine Murphy will all be back as well, along with the rest of the Guardian brains trust.
Thanks again – and take care of you.
at 2.19am EST
So, in conclusion, the Nationals leader’s pick for the deputy speaker position was gazumped by a Labor troll, after the rogue Nats’ plan to fleece Michael McCormack, led by Barnaby Joyce, and put Ken O’Dowd in place of Damian Drum was scuttled.
What does it mean?
Nothing other than the man who has led the charge against McCormack, Llew O’Brien, gets a pay rise, and McCormack has once again, and quite publicly, had his authority over his party shot to pieces.
And that last bit is what is going to cost him long term.
at 1.49am EST
As sincere as a Kardashian therapy session:
at 1.43am EST
“Sam, the first night at BED when you left, Rob…”
at 1.43am EST
The Greens also have a production of documents order on this report – which also wants the emails between PMO and Bridget McKenzie.
That one is due to be ignored by Thursday.
Jacqui Lambie is very, very angry over Mathias Cormann’s use of cabinet-in-confidence to stop the tabling of the PM&C report in the Senate.
Lambie says this is why the public can’t trust politicians.
“Does he take us all for morons,” she says, adding that the prime minister doesn’t “have the guts” to table the report.
Just a reminder that Llew O’Brien’s salary boost for becoming deputy speaker is worth about three years of Newstart.
at 1.35am EST
Apparently Labor’s Julian Hill almost missed casting his ballot because he was taking a photo of it to troll the government, and then forgot it under his iPad.
He found it, signalled the clerks, there was a discussion, and then it was counted.
Not that it mattered in the end – 75 to 67 is a comprehensive win.
at 1.20am EST
Over in the Senate, which shockingly is the sane chamber lately, Mathias Cormann will have to front up to explain why the government won’t be complying with the Senate order to produce the Phil Gaetjen’s report into why the sports grant affair is hunky dory.
It was due on Thursday. It was not produced.
They’ll call it cabinet-in-confidence, so you won’t get it for 20 years, even though other reports into ministerial conduct have been released.
You like me, and I like it all
We like dancing and we look divine
You love bands when they’re playing hard
You want more and you want it fast
They put you down, they say I’m wrong
at 1.11am EST
Ken O’Dowd is also the Nationals deputy whip.
Not sure he can hold on to that position, having just admitted he voted against the party line on national TV.
I am still laughing.
Honestly. At this point, the Nationals couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery.
at 1.13am EST
Looking at those numbers, it looks like, if we consider the crossbench voting with Labor, another five government MPs came over to the Labor vote.
75 would equal 64 Labor MPs, plus six in the crossbench, plus five government MPs.
So Ken O’Dowd is a yes. Barnaby Joyce is most likely a yes. Llew O’Brien is a yes.
Who are the other two?
at 1.14am EST