Although it has been nearly 100 years since a government last lost a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives, in some ways the passing of a bill like the crossbench ‘Medivac’ one has been coming for some time.
After all, the influence — and votes — of minor parties and independents have been growing for a number of years. To date, their power has largely been exercised in the Senate, but the recent influx of lower house independents were bound to try to flex their muscle eventually.
Which means, as rare as it has been, in some sense this is actually the system functioning as designed. But that doesn’t mean this is a good thing for Australia, or for faith in our democracy.
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