Image 'Parliament House at Night' supplied by Roderick Chambers B.Bus (UTS) M.Media Practice (USYD)

The Government now has the slimmest of majorities in the House of Representatives.  But Bob Katter has already been upset by the way the Rudd candidature for the United Nations has been handled . So what could happen if a backbencher were to cross the floor on a vote? Or if someone was away sick?  And even when a bill is through the lower house, it still has to survive a fractious Senate – where vote counting continues.

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