‘Voting on my conscience’: Craig Kelly could block new Morrison government policies
His defection removes the government’s one-seat majority, reducing its numbers to 76 in the 151-seat House of Representatives, meaning the Coalition will need at least one of the crossbench to guarantee support on the floor. The Coalition now has 75 MPs, plus Speaker Tony Smith, who votes only when a vote is tied. Convention dictates he votes for the status quo.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese used Question Time to declare Mr Morrison’s government has “lost its majority on the floor” and potentially control of his government following the resignation of the controversial figure.
Mr Kelly, who holds the NSW seat of Hughes in southern Sydney, has been an increasingly controversial figure during the coronavirus pandemic through his promotion of unorthodox treatments for the virus on…