Tony Abbott runs away … from Craig Thomson. The Opposition leader long said he’d never accept newly independent Craig Thomson’s vote, which explains why he sprinted for the door today when Thomson crossed over to his side of the parliament to vote on a gag debate. Abbott wanted to leave to negate Thomson’s vote but once a division is called MPs votes are counted inside the locked chamber. The Opposition’s Chris Pyne made it out. He said it was all a ‘Labor stunt’.
Here’s what else is on our radar today:
1. An Aussie digger has risked his life to save a wounded Afghan soldier after a vehicle he was standing near struck a roadside bomb. The Aussie soldier was knocked to the ground by the first blast, but rushed to the vehicle to pull the wounded Afghan soldier free. Then that vehicle, carrying ammunition, exploded and the digger suffered blast wounds. Both are in a stable condition.