Gillard government loses vote on first day of new parliament
This is no big deal but does not augur well for Gillard serving a full three year term:
The Government lost a division on the floor of the House of representatives today, the first to do so since 1941.
The vote was over a relatively small procedural issue which was part of proposed parliamentary reforms and did not affect Julia Gillard’s hold on power.
But the 73-72 loss by the Government was historic, and a boost to Coalition morale.
An unnamed Labor MP missed the vote. A government that can't marshal its members isn't capable of running the country.