Labor to play hardball with pairing and test Turnbull government's working majority

By James Massola
Updated August 16 2016 - 2:08pm, first published 1:34pm
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared the Coalition has been returned with a "working majority in the House, the first government to be returned with a majority since 2004". Photo: James Brickwood
Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke, pictured with Labor leader Bill Shorten, said that since Mr Turnbull had made that claim Labor would take him at his word. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Labor will test the Coalition's claim that it has a "working" majority in the new parliament and has not entered into a formal "pairing" arrangement, which could effectively deny government MPs holidays or even sick leave.