Exciting Moment Josh Frydenberg confronts a rogue Liberal MP as she shocks Parliament by taking the floor to vote AGAINST the government on corruption watchdog
- Moderate Liberal MP Bridget Archer Voted Against Government in Parliament
- The MP for Bass in Tasmania wanted debate on a federal corruption watchdog
- She was seen talking to treasurer Josh Frydenberg about her decision
A rogue Liberal MP has voted against the government in support of a federal corruption watchdog.
Bridget Archer, who represents Bass’ fringe Tasmanian seat, supported Independent MP Helen Haines who debate on its Integrity Committee bill.
In the photo, Ms Archer was confronted by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg about her decision after the vote.
Bridget Archer was confronted by treasurer Josh Frydenberg over her decision after voting against the government for taking Scott Morrison too long to deliver on his promise to create a corruption watchdog
Ms Archer, who represents Bass’ fringe Tasmanian seat, supported Independent MP Helen Haines who wants a debate on her Integrity Committee bill
She said it was a ‘difficult’ decision to go against her own party and the Prime Minister
Ms Archer said it was a “difficult decision” to vote against Scott Morrison, but said it had taken him too long to introduce a corruption watchdog he promised in 2018.
“I don’t take this decision lightly at all. I take this decision very seriously to stand here. And it’s a tough decision. This is one of the main things we come to this place for,” she said.
“There’s a place for politics, there’s a place for the partisan scoring, but on something as important as trust and confidence in elected officials, it’s not.”
Mrs Haines was also supported by the opposition Greens MP Adam Bandt and independent MPs Craig Kelly, Bob Katter, Zali Steggall and Rebekha Sharkie.
Liberal Bass member Bridget Archer (center) speaks with crossbench MPs Helen Haines (right), Zali Steggall and Rebekha Sharkie after crossing the floor
Ms Archer speaks with Crossbench MPs Zali Steggall and Rebekha Sharkie
Ms Archer talked to Ms Haines as she crossed the floor to vote against the government
Mrs. Archer said, “I don’t take this decision lightly at all. I take this decision very seriously to be here.”
Together they defeated the government by 66 votes to 63, but the debate fell through because an absolute majority of 76 votes was not reached.
The government has previously halted debate on Ms Haines’ bill, with Communications Secretary Paul Fletcher saying an alternative proposal is in the works.
The opposition says a federal corruption watchdog – similar to the NSW ICAC that toppled Gladys Berejiklian – is urgently needed to stop rorts.
Calls for the integrity commission increased as the federal government faced scandals, including the so-called parking nuisance and sports nuisance in which subsidies for sports facilities were channeled to marginal seats.
Overall, 73 percent of projects approved were not recommended by Sport Australia.
Independent member for Indi Helen Haines and Liberal member for Bass Bridget Archer leave the room together