Christopher Pyne has cited Australia’s Constitution as justification for the Liberal’s failing to honour a post-election agreement on parliamentary reform.
AS MANAGER of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives, Mr Pyne signed an agreement on this matter with the Independents, the Labor Party and the Greens only to renege on the deal when the Liberals failed to gain office.
Mr Pyne said he had consulted with a large number of Constitutional law experts and had received solid advice backing the Party’s decision.
“The Liberal Party consulted with literally hundreds of constitutional law experts before finally finding some favourable advice from sitting Liberal member George Brandis QC,” said Mr Pyne.
“According to George, there is a Constitutional Convention called the Natural Party of Power Principle, which means that the Liberal Party can do absolutely anything it likes in order to gain or retain office,” he said.
“It follows that because we are responsible and experienced national custodians, whilst the Labor Party are nasty lazy evil spendaholic Marxist traitors, it is in the national interest that we are not in any way constrained in our righteous quest for power.”
Mr Pyne said that luckily for the Liberal Party, the Constitution was written in such a way that almost any meaning you like can be ascribed to it.
He also accused Labor of similarly intending to renege on the deal if they had failed to gain the Independent’s votes.
“I’m pretty sure I saw Anthony Albanese put his left hand behind his back and cross his fingers while he signed the agreement,” said Mr Pyne.
“Also, when we had that confronting group hug, I saw Albanese poke his tongue out and cross his eyes, which would appear to indicate that he was also prepared to back away from his commitment.”
“Although, it could also be explained by what Rob Oakeshott was doing with his left hand behind Anthony’s back at that time.”