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Have you watched that speech from Greens Senator Scott Ludlam having a go at Tony Abbott yet? It's had almost half a million clicks on YouTube, but as several people have noted, few senators bothered to sit in the chamber and listen to it. A reader asked us this:
"Is there any way of finding out where all our truant senators were when Scott Ludlam made his recent speech? Individually? Like where were they and can we have our money back if they did not have a legitimate excuse for their absence?"
Well, the sad truth of Parliament is that most of the time there are almost no MPs sitting in either chamber. Many visitors to Canberra are surprised to enter the chamber and find a handful of bored MPs playing on their smartphones, as someone drones through a long, obscure speech.
There are even party rosters to force a few MPs to sit in there at any one time - it's called "chamber duty". That's because Parliament is a charade in which MPs are tightly bound to their party line on everything so there's no point actually listening, debating or sharing information. It's just empty theatre. That's Ms Tips' view, anyway.