Article: Premier Ted Baillieu to push for defeated Bill
Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has vowed to fight any attempt by the Coalition to re-introduce the Equal Opportunities Amendment Bill that was defeated last week after Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge missed the vote.
After suffering the indignity of having a government Bill defeated in the Lower House for the first time in more than 30 years, Mr Baillieu will push for the re-introduction of the Bill, citing precedents in federal Parliament.
And, with a majority in both houses of Parliament the Coalition is expected to force through new rules allowing for the reintroduction of the legislation.
Mr Andrews said the Premier should "cop it sweet" and accept the Bill was dead in the water until the next session of Parliament after the 2014 election.
He said laws were not made in the Premier's office but on the floor of Parliament, and refused to rule out Labor using tactics to delay any vote on changing the rules.
Earlier this year Labor put up 30 plus speakers on one bill forcing Parliament to sit until 3am in a bid to block the Government's plans.
The amendments to Labor's Equal Opportunities Bill will remove doubts for the running of separate men's and women's darts, snooker, curling, archery, croquet, shooting and tenpin bowling competitions.http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/premier-to-push-for-defeated-bill/story-fn7x8me2-1226066712069
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