National Cabinet has not ‘achieved what it was meant to achieve’

National Cabinet has not ‘achieved what it was meant to achieve’

brunel and catch up with senator for south australia rex patrick good to talk to you rex stuck there in lockdown you want parliament to sit regardless next week it makes a lot of sense how can it happen oh look we’ve got a number of different procedures in place now we’ve been doing this for uh some time and i note that when we adjourned last week a motion was moved by the government and accepted by the senate that we could call back the senate and actually operate in a way that we haven’t operated before including remote voting so look i think there are still a number of politicians that are here in canberra that could uh you know appear in the chamber and we’ve been operating very very safely very very strictly and that combined with some of the remote capabilities that we now have and have exercised should make it possible and it is important to sit we are going through a very very serious crisis and oversight of government is extremely important i think you are spot on there’s such there’s never been a period of bigger government intervention so we’ve got to maintain democracy and have some accountability you’ve been pushing for accountability of national cabinet and good on you for doing that for transparency there do you believe that it’s actually uh that the way national cabinets operating is it’s the states are driving the response the problem is that it’s actually undermined the power of the federal government well i think as justice white has uh now judicially declared the national cabinet is not a cabinet it’s not a body of of uh collective responsibility and solidarity and we see that all of the time i think this has turned out and it turned into a mess for scott morrison uh it is uh we see people going into cabinet uh he’s wrapped secrecy around it so we can’t actually see all of the the in-feed data which i think is important because they’re it’s typically about health matters uh then we have uh premiers stepping out and doing uh doing their own thing so it really isn’t operating at anything like a cabinet well it’s an informal committee isn’t it and the trouble is that we as we’re seeing this week with mark mcgowan uh even though there’s a national consensus announced that the premiers go back to their own states and go with a different policy anyway yeah we’ve seen that with uh gladys perogiclean uh in relation to uh you know that’s the the the required numbers for uh vaccinations there was an agreement or reported agreement at uh national cabinet and now that’s sort of being undermined at the at the state level so i don’t think this has worked out well for for uh the prime minister look during world war ii we did have a national council that was set up and uh you know that that helped us deal throughout the war and we did see even opposition members participating in in that i just don’t think the national cabinet has achieved what it what it was supposed to achieve perhaps in hindsight scott morrison may not have adopted the same process as he did last year when he declared it in operation i think you’re right and i think early on people even me i think might have thought this might be a model that lives on into the future i think no longer i think it’ll be put behind us once all this is done with thanks for joining us senator i appreciate it thank you
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National Cabinet has not ‘achieved what it was meant to achieve’

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