Economics committee chair accused of using inquiry to marshal opposition to ALP policy

Labor members of parliament’s standing committee on economics are considering lodging a complaint with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, or attempting a referral to the privileges committee, declaring recent behaviour by the Liberal chairman “an outrageous abuse” of longstanding conventions.

Labor MPs on the committee are furious with the Liberal MP Tim Wilson, who has used an inquiry into the opposition’s contentious policy to scrap cash refunds for franking credits to marshal political opposition to the initiative, including, they say, drafting pro-forma submissions on behalf of complainants.

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