The Federal Coalition has used parliamentary tactics to extend Question Time amid fears it was set to lose another vote in the House of Representatives.

Key points:

  • Bill Shorten had tried to cut off Question Time and asked the Lower House to bring on the royal commission motion for debate
  • Before Mr Shorten’s motion could be voted on parliament ended for the week
  • Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John, who moved the motion calling for the establishment of the inquiry, heckled the Prime Minister as he tried to justify the extended Question Time

Question Time was allowed to run far beyond its usual end time, prompting Labor accusations the Federal Government was trying to avoid a looming vote to establish a royal commission into abuse in the disability sector.

It is the latest development in a scrappy week for Federal Parliament after heated debate over the medical treatment of asylum seekers and a scuffle between a senator and a staffer.

Usual practice involves the Prime Minister calling for an end to Question Time some time after 3:10pm — often after a government MP has lobbed a so-called “dixer”, or a question where the Government can spruik its own policy at a minister.

Labor and crossbench politicians took to Twitter to vent their frustration with the tactics …