Chapman suspended from parliament for six days

Update | Crisis-hit former deputy premier Vicki Chapman has been banned from parliament for six days as the dramatic fallout from this month’s no-confidence motion escalated today, with the government again losing a crucial vote on the assembly floor.

Chapman was not present in the House for the historic vote, which voted to suspend lawmakers with a 23-22 majority in the 47-seat parliament for the equivalent of two weeks.

“The Attorney-General has been suspended from the House for six days,” directed Speaker Dan Cregan, which marked the first of those days and handed a copy of the decision to Chapman, the Sergeant-at-Arms of Parliament. instructed to give.

Cregan was not called to vote, with crossbenchers Sam Duluk, Troy Bell, Geoff Brock and Frances Bedford supporting Labor against Chapman, while exiled Liberal Fraser Ellis voted with Gov.

The attorney-general in exile did not vote, and he did not speak out against the motion in his defense – but no explanation was given for his absence.

Chapman made a short but defiant statement to the media at a news conference held not in Parliament but across the street from the State Administration Building on Flinders St.

“Let me just indicate that I will definitely note down the decision of Parliament and as a result I will observe a leave of six days from Parliament,” she said.

“My view with regard to the selection committee of the inquiry and the alleged finding of facts is well known, and this is a matter which is now being considered by the Ombudsman – I welcome it and I will continue the legal work of preparation of that inquiry.” For.

“And so I will definitely see you all at the election, and will certainly go ahead with preparations for that campaign… So thank you very much for your presence and I look forward to seeing you during the campaign. “

After that she left without asking any questions.

Chapman arrives at his media conference after being suspended from Parliament. Photo: Tony Lewis / Dainik Jagran

Chapman has been under intense pressure since a parliamentary inquiry that vetoed a $40 million project on his native Kangaroo Island had a real and perceived conflict of interest as planning minister.

The island’s mayor, Michael Pengilly – a former Liberal MP – tweeted after the vote that the decision was an “insult” and a “lesser moment for the SA parliament”.

The committee’s report – which was not supported by its two Liberal members but supported by ex-Liberal crossbencher Sam Duluk – also found that Chapman had misled parliament and violated the ministerial code of conduct.

She later stood as deputy prime minister and was initially “separated” from her ministries.

She has since left the planning and local government departments altogether, but remains as attorney-general, albeit without acting in a role pending the outcome of an ombudsman’s investigation as a result of the committee’s report.

However, his refusal to resign from the ministry prompted Labour, supported by a majority of crossbenchers, to move a case of privilege against him, based on the committee’s finding that it had made three separate claims about the impact of the proposed development. Misled the Parliament on different occasions. His land holdings on the island.

Labor MP Andrea Michaels, who chaired the committee, introduced a motion calling for a six-day suspension – two days for each discovery of misleading the House.

She said it was “extremely disappointing that the attorney is so disregarded in the face of all the evidence before the committee that she is putting the House in this position”.

But Education Minister John Gardner called the push a “bad, personal, vindictive proposition … born out of malice that must be disregarded by this parliament”.

Labor committee member Tom Coutsantonis said today’s vote would have been unnecessary if Chapman had resigned from the ministry, which is an “appropriate convention” to lose a no-confidence vote in the lower house.

“If he had resigned, it would have been a sufficient punishment,” he said.

,[But] If any MP can deliberately mislead this Parliament and evade it, then our representative democracy collapses.”

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