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Wayne Berry ejects Jon Stanhope from the Assembly

By 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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44 Responses to
Wayne Berry ejects Jon Stanhope from the Assembly
Thumper 7:26 pm 20 Aug 08

A bit colour to the LA. good to see passions boiling over 😉

teepee 7:24 pm 20 Aug 08

ABC Tv showed Stanhope taking the walk. There were two Labor colleagues at least near him. One was Karin Macdonald and the other had blond hair. I guess that Karin owes no-one anything after not getting the numbers for preselection.

You have to respect Wayne Berry’s backbone. He’s either very impartial as chair, or not afraid to let Mr Stanhope know there is no love lost.

teepee 7:09 pm 20 Aug 08

Win TV said some of his colleagues could have bailed him out but didn’t. Not sure how it works locally but in the fed parliament you can call a vote to kick someone or keep them in. Presumably the Labor MLAs in the chamber failed to call a vote or didn’t call for a division. Someone will be in trouble in the locker rooms. An angry Jon is not a pretty sight.

Thumper 7:07 pm 20 Aug 08

Mr Stanhope?

Abusive? Arrogant? Obnoxious? Self righteous?

Nah… Never happen

Mr Evil 5:50 pm 20 Aug 08

Didn’t Sonic see the yellow card?

barking toad 5:46 pm 20 Aug 08

hahahahahahahahaha!

the mayor has to sit in the naughty corner for 3 hours

hope he donned the dunce’s hat

Granny 5:19 pm 20 Aug 08

*hehe* … or if they are saying something you don’t want to hear.

“STOP THAT FIGHTING AT ONCE AND BE QUIET OR I’LL SEND YOU TO YOUR ROOM!” I bellow at the top of my lungs. And like Schultz, they hear nothing ….

LG 5:15 pm 20 Aug 08

Shame Wayne isn’t standing for the next election…

Gungahlin Al 5:12 pm 20 Aug 08

It’s hard to hear what someone is saying when you’re busy talking over the top of them.

Granny 5:07 pm 20 Aug 08

tom-tom said :

what on earth was going on in there?

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall.

: )

peterh 5:04 pm 20 Aug 08

tom-tom said :

does the ABC story mention the circus that was obviously performing at the time? i mean seriously; they sit 2 metres away from each other, how could he not have heard?….. what on earth was going on in there?

stanhope had his mouth open. maybe his ears were closed in self-preservation??

tom-tom 4:59 pm 20 Aug 08

does the ABC story mention the circus that was obviously performing at the time? i mean seriously; they sit 2 metres away from each other, how could he not have heard?….. what on earth was going on in there?

Granny 3:54 pm 20 Aug 08

My mouth is still agape, but seriously …

“Well done that man!”

: )

It was kind of a lemming thing to do – but, gee, it must have felt good!

The naughty mat … haha!! Are there pictures?

Unbeliever 3:14 pm 20 Aug 08

Hehe.

peterh 3:06 pm 20 Aug 08

john howard. last election.

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