It appears the Prime Minster has gone chicken on the double dissolution trigger. The Government was planning on using the Australian Building and Construction Commission bill (ABCC) as trigger for a double dissolution, however, the bill has not listed for the next sitting week starting the 15th March. By not having the bill on the list the Prime Minister has run out of time to vote on it for a second time.
The politically weak Turnbull government has not been able to secure the required votes in the senate to pass the bill. Greens Leader Senator Di Natale has told the ABC’s AM program he is pleased that the bill will not be voted on in the final sitting week of March.
There are other triggers the government could use for a double dissolution but it was widely expected the ABCC Bill was to be it.