Why not? Because the Speaker of the House must tally all votes cast by sitting MPs on the floor of the House in order to determine whether a proposal has been carried or not. How else would it be determined?
See, that’s a really easy question to answer, because it’s basic parliamentary procedure that can’t be changed without amending our constitution. So, unless and until due process in a court of law disqualifies Craig Thomson Can Abbott’s clown car of disingenuous twerps stop asking it now?
As for the journalists who keep on repeating it to members of the Labor Party as if it’s a serious question that matters? Shame on you. Abbott is treating the voters with scorn by asking it, and you should be pointing that out, not joining in the game.