Wayne Berry ejects Jon Stanhope from the Assembly

johnboy 26 August 2008 44

[First filed: August 20, 2008 @ 14:40]

Just when you think the London Circuit Soviet can’t get any more ridiculous…

The ABC informs us that Jon Stanhope has been ejected from a session of the Legislative Assembly for bad behaviour.

    The Speaker, Labor MLA Wayne Berry, warned Mr Stanhope against interjecting during debate before ordering him to leave the chamber for three hours.

    Mr Stanhope says he did not hear the warning.

    “I must say I’m embarrassed, I didn’t hear the Speaker,” he said.

So pol/history nerds… When was the last time a government leader was ejected from an Australian parliament?

UPDATED: Zed is throughly enjoying this and has put out a media release suggesting the Chief Minister’s own party deserted him while letting him be ejected.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Here’s the ABC’s footage of the expulsion:

FURTHER UPDATE: The Canberra Times reports that the lack of a support for the CM was a result of respect for the Speaker:

    Mr Stanhope said Labor had not contested Mr Berry’s order because it would have been an ”unacceptable” challenge to the authority of the Speaker.

    He had no issue with the ruling.

    ”I must say to Mr Berry’s credit one of his great qualities as a Speaker is his objectivity, but he has always dispensed the authority from the chair in a very impartial and objective way.”

MORE UPDATEYNESS: The ABC informs that Zed has been carpeted by Wayne Berry for putting words in his mouth and has apologised.


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Granny Granny 4:04 pm 26 Aug 08

Nice spin!

: )

Thumper Thumper 4:01 pm 26 Aug 08

You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried…..

SamTSeppo SamTSeppo 1:33 pm 26 Aug 08

Hmmm, I was hoping for more yelling and frogmarching …

peterh peterh 12:23 pm 21 Aug 08

johnboy said :

A few years ago when I last looked at it quicktime was miles ahead for keeping streams synchronised.

It’s the sort of thing that doesn’t really matter that much in real life but when you’re setting up a system new it can seem very important.

JB, as long as the version used is the streaming server. std QT Pro won’t give you the best streams.

johnboy johnboy 12:20 pm 21 Aug 08

A few years ago when I last looked at it quicktime was miles ahead for keeping streams synchronised.

It’s the sort of thing that doesn’t really matter that much in real life but when you’re setting up a system new it can seem very important.

peterh peterh 12:15 pm 21 Aug 08

Gungahlin Al said :

“You can watch the assembly sittings on the interwebs.. link is somewhere on http://www.parliament.act.gov.au

Except that stupid ACT Govt uses stupid Quicktime for streaming, which departmental systems don’t have installed…
Nor can the alternative offered be installed without Admin rights.
What’s wrong with streaming via Media Player for pete’s sake?

dunno. maybe they think quicktime is open source. Blame InTACT. I have, many times….

jakez jakez 11:44 am 21 Aug 08

tom-tom said :

teepee; karin mcdonald didn’t lose pre-selection; she didn’t stand. can you just imagine the whinge here if they had called a division?

Teepee said she didn’t get the numbers. If you get rolled so hard that you don’t even bother going to preselection then that is still being rolled.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 11:22 am 21 Aug 08

“You can watch the assembly sittings on the interwebs.. link is somewhere on http://www.parliament.act.gov.au

Except that stupid ACT Govt uses stupid Quicktime for streaming, which departmental systems don’t have installed…
Nor can the alternative offered be installed without Admin rights.
What’s wrong with streaming via Media Player for pete’s sake?

Crikey Crikey 10:51 am 21 Aug 08

He’s not the Messiah…he’s a very naughty boy

glasscentralcanberra glasscentralcanberra 8:37 am 21 Aug 08

Hard to imagine so much shouting in such an empty room. Jaysus.

Whatsup Whatsup 7:57 am 21 Aug 08

Suffer in your jocks Stanhope! Hope you spent your “time out” wisely.

Pandy Pandy 11:42 pm 20 Aug 08

I think was all done so as to place a post on RA and raise Sonics profile.

Granny Granny 11:17 pm 20 Aug 08

Thumper said :

Stanhope would be fine with the feds, he’d never make the front bench so he really couldn’t do anything.

Thus reasoned the poor preselectors for Robertson.

caf caf 11:05 pm 20 Aug 08

Faulkner and Stanhope, the Senate Estimates dream team that never was.

johnboy johnboy 10:41 pm 20 Aug 08

You never do know what tomorrow will bring.

teepee teepee 10:40 pm 20 Aug 08

There’s a possible poll in this johnboy.

Would you prefer Jon Stanhope

a) As Chief Minister
b) As a House of Reps backbencher
c) As a Senator
d) In retirement

teepee teepee 10:35 pm 20 Aug 08

Yeah Granny, you’re right. On first reflection I thought he has to be better than Ellis. But on second reflection imagine the delusions of grandeur he could get on the hill. In the ACT he spends half his time hectoring the feds. But on the hill he would spend half his time hectoring other countries (or planets).

It would be best pensioning him off altogether. He is looking very old these days and I am sure he has some good public sector superannuation. He might be better than Ellis, but surely the Labor factions can cough up someone much brighter and nicer than Jon.

Thumper Thumper 10:32 pm 20 Aug 08

Stanhope would be fine with the feds, he’d never make the front bench so he really couldn’t do anything.

Besides, he’d be such a small fish that he’d be crushed by the party machine.

johnboy johnboy 10:28 pm 20 Aug 08

Personally I always thought he was wasted anywhere but the senate.

Granny Granny 10:27 pm 20 Aug 08

Teepee, are you on drugs? The last thing we want is Stanhope on the hill.

I’m sorry but I seriously think you should slow your mouth down for a second and let your brain do some catching up.

You know it makes sense.

; )

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