Senior Liberal Christopher Pyne says while the threat of a double dissolution election remains, he doesn’t think it’ll be necessary.
House leader Christopher Pyne says the federal government doesn’t want a double dissolution election and doesn’t think Labor will force one.
Mr Pyne dismissed talk of another poll despite Labor and the Greens promising to block government legislation such as the carbon tax repeal bill and coalition efforts to raise the debt ceiling to $500 billion.
“We don’t want to go back to the Australian public for three years,” Mr Pyne told Sky News on Sunday.
“We want to have a three-year term of stability, of calm methodical government where the adults are in the room trying to bring about a better Australia.
“We don’t want to go back to the polls constantly, and I think Labor accepts that and will understand it.”
The education minister said the threat of double dissolution remained if Labor and the Greens continued to hold up the government’s program before the new Senate sits in July.
“But I hope that won’t be necessary,” he said.
“I’d expect that Labor would see reason in the Senate on all the key issues that were the issues surrounding the election.
“Because it is important for their own survival to move on from their failure.”