Katter, Wilkie and Bandt outraged at new processes

CROSSBENCHERS in the new House of Representatives have hit out changes to parliament that they believe will lock them out of crucial negotiations.

Queensland MP Bob Katter, Tasmanian Andrew Wilkie and Victorians Adam Bandt and Cathy McGowan registered their outrage on Wednesday.

It followed leader of House Christopher Pyne announcing several changes to parliamentary process in the House.

The changes include restrictions on speaking and debate time, removing supplementary questions, more powers for Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and changes to the Selection Committee.

The Greens' Mr Bandt said the reforms were a "closing of the curtain" on independent debate in the House of the people.

Mr Katter said the changes would greatly restrict the ability of those "representing the 20% of Australians who did not vote for the ALP or Coalition" to participate in democracy.

The changes will see crossbenchers forced out of the Selection Committee, which helps determine the parliament's agenda and particularly allowances for private members' bills.

While Ms McGowan - who beat incumbent Sophie Mirabella to win the Victorian electorate of Indi - made no official comment, she said she supported her more experienced colleagues.


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