New England MP Barnaby Joyce and Parkes MP Mark Coulton welcome a return to Parliament

GRAND RETURN: New England MP Barnaby Joyce was among those pushing for Parliament to resume either in person or online. Photo: Gareth Gardner 270720GGB08

GRAND RETURN: New England MP Barnaby Joyce was among those pushing for Parliament to resume either in person or online. Photo: Gareth Gardner 270720GGB08

NEW England MP Barnaby Joyce has welcomed the federal government's decision to resume Parliament later this month.

Victorian MPS are currently rushing to Canberra ahead of the August 24 resumption, to ensure they can quarantine before Parliament sits.

"In my opinion, we should either do it authentically online, which would mean everyone goes online for question time and we conduct our processes, as other people are doing, which I fully support" Mr Joyce said.

"Or, you have go back to Canberra, either way we had to get out of the grey area where we were sort of employed in the job but not really doing it.

"I would have been more than OK with doing it online, in fact I brought it up in my first speech when I entered Parliament."

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The government's decision to come back to a face-to-face parliamentary sitting comes after the opposition called for impacted MPs to have the option to video-call into Parliament.

If given the green light, the move would have allowed MPs such as Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Health Minister Greg Hunt and deputy Labor leader Richard Marles to avoid travelling from COVID-19 hotspots.

However, Mr Joyce said he was confident all necessary protocols would be taken to ensure everyone's safety.

"People have to follow the correct processes and I will be making sure I'm diligent about social distancing because I certainly don't want to get COVID-19 and more importantly, I don't want to be bringing it back to give it to anyone else," he said.

"To me, it would make a lot of sense to not allow the public in for the time being, clear the public gallery and spread us out through the public gallery.

"I think by doing that there would be plenty of room for everyone."

Parkes MP Mark Coulton said there had been "a lot of changes in Parliament House" to ensure everyone's safety.

"I've been down there this week working and a lot has been done," Mr Coulton said.

"There will only be a certain number of people, they will be paired so the numbers are balanced up.

"When it comes time for a vote, there will be distancing in the Parliament.

"It's quite different but the reason we have to go back is the budget is coming up and legislation has to be passed for that."

Mr Joyce said he expected all MPs to make the journey to Canberra.

"I think if it's legitimate reason they shouldn't come then that's understandable," he said.

"However, if it's because they don't want to come because they don't want to isolate, then they have to ask themselves do they actually want the job."

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