Billy Gordon
Billy Gordon

LNP keeps surgery wait time guarantee with help of Gordon

THE LNP has handed the government its first defeat in the hung parliament,  winning its motion to keep the surgery wait time guarantee, with the help of besieged Cook MP, Billy Gordon.

In what has been a loose north Queensland alliance, Mr Gordon and the two Katter Party MPs sided with the Opposition to keep the policy, which Lawrence Springborg enacted while health minister in the Newman Government.

Those three votes handed the Opposition the numbers it needed to win the motion.  But not necessarily the war - a spokesman for the government said the motion was not binding, "as the parliament could not instruct the executive".

But the motion will force the Palaszczuk Government, which has labelled itself a "consultative" administration to go against the will of the Parliament, if it chooses not to enact the policy, giving the Opposition more ammunition to point out its flaws.

But the government managed a win of sorts of its own, with the Opposition, which has been railing for months against accepting Mr Gordon's vote, chalking up its first major win because of it.

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