Changes to parliamentary sitting schedule rebuffed

Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says all the lockdowns and border closures are continuing to provide challenges for the operations of the federal parliament.

“Scott Morrison told the Coalition party room yesterday that he wanted to have the sitting week due in a week and a half’s time moved to next week, to let MPs back to their communities, but Labor refused,” Mr Clennell said.

“But the Opposition says they initially proposed putting all sitting weeks together and the government would not have it, and in this government offer, the government wanted to axe a sitting week, which Labor does not want.

“They say they already have MPs with isolation arrangements in place for the timing of the next sitting week to be in a week and a half.”