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Govt Whip Tries To Blame ACT For His Foul-Ups

Senior Government Whip Rick Barker is attempting to put the blame on ACT for his and the Government’s messed-up attempts to fix up Easter trading regulations, ACT deputy leader Ken Shirley said today.

“Mr Barker’s attempt to push through a private members’ bill on Easter Sunday trading in wineries was a cheap stunt to try and get him off the hook for not doing his job properly.

“As chief whip he’s instrumental in organising the Government’s legislative programme. He knows full well that he could have put this through as Government legislation which we would have supported, instead, because he was in a bind time-wise, he tried to push it through in members’ time.

“The Government tried to do something that has never been done – pushing through a members’ bill that hasn’t been drawn in the ballot. His proposal was a blatant abuse of Parliamentary process which neither ACT nor National were prepared to tolerate.

“The Government wasn’t even promising to pass Mr Barker’s planned legislation in time, yet wanted the Opposition to support it without any guarantees.

“It is outrageous he’s now trying to lay the blame for his and the Government’s stuff-up at ACT’s door. Mr Barker should admit to his and his Government’s own shortcomings,” Ken Shirley said.

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