Labor and Greens accuse the government of running scared of a vote on a banking royal commission before byelection return new members

The government has canned the penultimate sitting week of the House of Representatives, in a move Labor and the Greens interpret as a bid to prevent embarrassing votes on a bank royal commission and penalty rates.

With government members threatening a backbench revolt on an inquiry into the banks and the Coalition missing two MPs with Barnaby Joyce and John Alexander facing by-elections, the loss of the week may leave time to deal only with citizenship and marriage equality this year.

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