Freshly elected MPs flocked to Canberra as both sides held their first party room meetings.
After just a day back it looks like they’ve managed to stir up a fresh wave of controversy.
Natalie Sprott reports.
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For many veteran politicians it was a triumphant return. For others like twenty year old Wyatt Roy it was the first day.
Wyatt Roy, Opposition MP: “Well I think every parliamentarian is a little bit nervous when they walk in but I’m looking forward to getting started.”
How the Prime Minister will cope with the new minority government was the subject of great scrutiny.
Joe Hockey, Shadow Treasurer: “The traffic light coalition of red, green and amber independents is already flashing a warning sign to the Australian people.”
Although Labor MPs say they’re happy to stand behind Ms Gillard’s leadership.
Shayne Neumann, Labor MP: “I’m confident that Wayne Swan and Julia Gillard will provide the effective leadership we have in dealing with the independents.”
Ms Gillard called on her team to build on the future and not dwell on the past.
Kevin Rudd’s said to make a comeback after being forced to step down as leader by his own party.
Greg Hunt, Shadow Environment Minister: “I hope they have plastic knives at the cabinet table with Kevin Rudd sitting next to Julia Gillard.”
Mr Abbott’s retained Julie Bishop as his deputy after Andrew Robb ruled out a challenge.
Cory Bernadi, Opposition MP: “In the end I think the right decision has prevailed, which is Julie Bishop will be our deputy.”
Parliament is scheduled to sit for the first time on September 28th.
Natalie Sprott, QUT News.