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Conroy sitting a chance for Vic Nationals

AAP logoAAP 10/10/2016

A political tit-for-tat in Victoria over the swearing-in of a state MP will end because of the need to replace federal Labor senator Stephen Conroy.

Nationals candidate Luke O'Sullivan was meant to enter state parliament in July.

But Labor has refused to hold the joint sitting in Victorian parliament that's required to allow him to take his seat.

That was in retaliation for key Labor MP Gavin Jennings being suspended from the state's upper house for six months for refusing to hand over documents to parliament.

But Senator Conroy's resignation from federal parliament has finally sparked Labor into action as there has to be a joint sitting in state parliament to replace him too.

Mr O'Sullivan will finally be sworn in on Wednesday.

Senator Conroy's yet-to-be-decided replacement will be sworn in at a joint sitting in the next parliamentary week.

Opposition leader Matthew Guy said the state Labor government spent months demanding Mr Jennings return in exchange for Mr O'Sullivan's swearing-in but has now thrown their MP under a bus.

"They're not really bothered by him returning," Mr Guy told reporters on Tuesday.

"Labor haven't bothered to make a call about Gavin Jennings for months."

Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said Mr Jennings' suspension was without parallel in any parliament in the world.

"The suspension for six months is extraordinary, it's childish and petulant behaviour," she said.

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