[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.
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“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.